Hendricken alumni, teacher drive for super-sized car show Sunday
Longtime car buff Mike Benedetto has lined up a myriad of vehicles that range from 2013 models to old-time cars, and even antiques, for the fourth annual Bishop Hendricken High School Car Show this weekend.
Benedetto said the car show will have as much power as â€śour unbeaten baseball team.â€ť
Benedetto, who is a computer science teacher at the Warwick-based parochial school and who serves as chairman of the event, has lined up three of Rhode Islandâ€™s best known automobile dealers who will display a full slate of cars Sunday, May 19 between 2 and 6 p.m. on the Hendricken campus, located off Oakland Beach Avenue.
â€śRhode Island family dealerships Flood Ford and Paul Masse Chevrolet-Buick-GMC are coming back to the show,â€ť Benedetto announced. â€śEd Tarbox, who is carrying on his familyâ€™s tradition in the automobile business, will also be here with a complete line of [new] cars.â€ť
Benedetto also said, â€śMike Flood and Paul Masse are part of our wide alum base; their sons are Hendricken grads who have always supported this important [car] show.â€ť
Likewise, Justin Nortarianni, who owns and operates D & M Tyre in Cranston, is yet another Hendricken alum who has pledged his support for Sundayâ€™s show and has reportedly lined up a lot of privately owned vehicles and old cars for the two-hour benefit event.
There are also Hendricken alums like Anthony Renzi, who owns Action Auto Body and operates a Delâ€™s Leomonade franchise, who will be part of Sundayâ€™s show.
â€śWe have many alumni who feel this is one of our most important fundraisers,â€ť Benedetto said. â€śThe entire proceeds will benefit our Inner City Scholarship Fund.â€ť
Benedetto also announced that the involvement of â€śMr. and Mrs. Rhode Island Car Showsâ€ť further points to another successful show.
He was speaking of George Arakelian of Johnston-based A Custom Car Stereo and his wife Gina Sabitoni-Arakelian who are well-known for helping organize large and successful car shows throughout Rhode Island.
â€śNo one knows the car show circuit better than George and Gina,â€ť Benedetto said of the Arakelians, whose son George Arakelian III attends Hendricken. â€śTheyâ€™ve lined up 20 trophies ... weâ€™ll have Best in the Show and the Hendricken Hawk Choice award. Weâ€™re all excited about this yearâ€™s show.â€ť
And, as a result of its extraordinary reputation in academics and athletics, Bishop Hendricken is always getting enrollment requests. But when it comes to the inner city, as Benedetto said, â€śThe cost is almost always prohibitive.â€ť
Therefore, four years ago Benedetto and Ron Mosca, who once served as Hendrickenâ€™s head football coach and is the current director of computer science, felt a car show could be a way to offer a fun-filled family event that could raise money to help inner city kids obtain a private school education.
â€śWe raise the money for a deserving young man who positively canâ€™t afford to come to Bishop Hendricken,â€ť said Bill Campbell, the schoolâ€™s director of maintenance, who also served as a pitching coach for the Hawks, and worked tirelessly with Benedetto and Mosca to help make previous car shows an overwhelming success. â€śWe always have plenty of help â€“ and fun â€“ getting ready for the show.â€ť
Benedetto said that while the three Rhode Island automobile dealers will have a full line of new vehicles, all other makes and models are welcome. Registration is $5 per car.
â€śWe encourage people to come and show off their rides,â€ť said Benedetto, a longtime car aficionado who will have his red 1996 Chevrolet Corvette on display. â€śWeâ€™re going to have a monster truck, plenty of food, a bounce house for children and a 50/50 raffle.â€ť
Sundayâ€™s Hendricken Car Show will also feature a special raffle that will include things like five free oil changes and three brake and rotator jobs, courtesy of Renzi, who has put his four sons through Hendricken.
â€śThe whole show will be backed by oldies music,â€ť Benedetto said. â€śThat goes in keeping with the car cruise theme; Coach [Bill] Campbell and DJ Johnny Mac probably have as much fun spinning records as the kids will have going into the bounce house and having a grilled hot dog.â€ť
Anyone whoâ€™d like to reserve a registration or would like further information about the show should call Benedetto at 477-1281 or Arakelian at 946-0010.