Hoffman Auto Group continues to proudly support the mission of Klingberg Family Centers. We focus on organizations that improve the lives of our customers, employees, friends, and of course, our family in the community where we live and work. Whether it be through financial support or active participation and volunteerism for awareness and fundraising endeavors, Hoffman Auto Group knows it makes a difference! This year we continue our support of the 25th Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival!
The Klingberg Family Centers started in 1903 when Rev. John Klingberg founded the Children’s Home in New Britain. He felt that his calling was to one day do something for “boys and girls in needy circumstances.” The dream took root and blossomed across the decades as nearly 2,000 children – orphaned, abandoned or whose families were unable to care for them – took up residence in what became the Klingberg Children’s Home.
By 1968, Rev. Klingberg’s grandson, Haddon Klingberg, Jr. Ph.D., took over the Children’s Home. Changes in the care of orphaned and needy children nationwide prompted a shift from being a “substitute home” to providing treatment services for children and their families. The Children’s Home became Klingberg Family Centers, Inc., a private, nonprofit organization whose goal is to strengthen families, to reunite children and families whenever that is safe and possible, and to assure permanent, nurturing families for children. Today, Klingberg Family Centers provides services to thousands of people each year through a wide range of programs designed to empower children and families to reach their full potential.
Today, Klingberg reaches over 3,000 individuals in Connecticut each year. They provide over 20 programs that address the needs of children and families whose lives have been affected by trauma. One such program is Raymond Hill School.
The Raymond Hill School is a fully accredited academic/vocational special education school for grades K-12 that also offers post-graduation service for students age 18-21. The Raymond Hill School integrates academics into artistic, musical, technological, marine science, and vocational opportunities. The combination of small classes, vocational programs, and individual attention prepares students to return to their own school or paves the way for their future in the job market.
Another one of the many programs offered by Klingberg and the Raymond Hill School is their Auto Restoration Program. This program exposes high school students to the craft of automobile restoration and vehicle maintenance which provides hands-on work experience and job skills. When students show a certain level of proficiency and interest, they have the opportunity to apprentice with local auto body shops. Graduates have gone on to employment in the automotive industry!
All the vehicles the students rebuild and restore are donated by the generous people in the community. All proceeds from the vehicles go directly back into the program. Currently, the Auto Restoration students are working on restoring a 1975 Mark V Lincoln Continental, donated to the program by Wayne Carini. We can’t wait to see the results and compare the new 2017 Continental with its predecessor.
Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival
Are you searching for a way to support this impactful organization while also having a fun-filled family day? You’re in luck! Klingberg’s 25th Anniversary Vintage Motorcar Festival is on Saturday, June 17- just in time for Father’s Day. Your ticket grants you access to three separate car shows- all on Klingberg’s New Britain campus. The Concours d’Elegance features a handpicked selection of rarely seen Brass Era and pristine pre-1942 automobiles. The Concorso show features an exquisite gathering of exotic supercars. Last but certainly not least, the Traditional Antique Auto Show features hundreds of cars and other vehicles representing over seven decades of automotive history. Want to join in on the fun? You can enter your own vintage car too!
The Klingberg Vintage Motorcar Festival has fun for the whole family! Families can play together in Klingberg’s Kidzone, featuring a variety of activities for all ages. Various food trucks will delight the palette, as well as music, dancing, mascots, and more for your family to enjoy. You don’t want to miss it! Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and free for children 12 and under.
Klingberg was kind enough to give us a sneak peek of a few of the vehicles you can expect to see at the Festival. Check them out below. Which one is your favorite? Vote in the poll below.