Friday, June 23, 2017

Generosity And Kindness Place 1st at Car Show, WCNX Radio Leads the Way

Co-written by Editor William Boylan and Staff Writer Brian E. Clark

The 20th Annual Car Cruise on Main Street, Middletown had everything one who attends car shows would expect; cool cars, great food and awesome music.  But this year’s car show on Main Street had extraordinary act of kindness that isn’t typically found at a car show.

WCNX Radio* has been a  car show staple since its inception in 2007.  Every year since, WCNX could be found in the same spot; the gazebo at the South Green doing what it has always done; playing great music, and giving away beach balls and rubber ducks to the children that stopped by.

WCNX  is owned & operated by Judy & John Clark, who have a reputation for helping those who have suffered tragic losses, particularly children.

Though happening 15 days prior to the Car Show, the death of Steven Detoro of Portland was still fresh in the minds of city residents.  For those that knew Steven, the thought of his family having to go on without him was unthinkable.

In and effort to help, friends of Steven and his family began a Go Fund Me campaign.  At the start of the Car Show, the Go Fund Me campaign had raised $17,120.  More was needed for his wife and 4 children.

WCNX Radio, along with Steven’s friends, Councilman Deb Kleckowski, Lindsay Fralick, the Fillmore family Don, Kathy (Frazier), Alex, and Sammi, erected posters and artwork of and about Steven, along with an empty Poland Spring Jug for donations.

Car Show participants and spectators were very generous.  At the end of 4 hours, they raised $410; a great help to the Detoro Family.

If you would like to donate to the Detoro Family, you still can.  To do so, visit the Go Fund Me campaign at

The original story about Steven's passing can be read here,

*WCNX can be heard at 1710 on your AM dial and on line at

At the time of writing this article, Steven Detoro’s Body has still not been recovered from the Connecticut River. Being the amount of time that has passed, that is something the Detoro Family may be forced to live with.  

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