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Community flocks to Potential Inc.’s Fourth Annual Car Show for Autism

by Debra Forman

More than 1,500 car enthusiasts – the biggest turnout yet – flocked to Potential Inc.’s Fourth Annual Car Show for Autism, sharing more than just a passion for unique and classic cars.

They came primarily to show their love and support for children and adults with autism, and make a difference in the community.

“We are so thankful to have been blessed with a fabulous turnout of cars from up to a two-hour drive away,” explained Kristine Quinby, Potential Inc.’s Founder, President, and CEO.

The 2019 Car Show, hosted by Potential, Inc., a Bucks County nonprofit that provides autism treatment, was held at a larger venue this year, the Newtown campus of Bucks County Community College (BCCC) on Saturday, June 8th.

A total of 146 gleaming cars – triple the previous years – and a community that deeply cares about children and adults with autism made the perfect combination.

In addition to the classic cars and trucks were several antique fire trucks, which was an unexpected but memorable addition to the show.

“Being at BCCC was priceless. It provided great visibility for not only the show but for the cause,” Kristine said. “We will plan on filling all of the parking spots for an even larger and more enjoyable event for everyone. We look forward to coming back to our show which will be held on June 13th, 2020.”

The car show has grown during the past few years and has become a great way to support the local autism community.

Moving to Bucks County Community College means there is a much larger space with an asphalt surface, which car owners prefer, and improved flow for attendees.

This year’s event involved Potential running its own snack stand and the tasty treats included hotdogs, nachos, pretzels, slushies, cotton candy and more.

“The support of so many attendees, volunteers, vendors, sponsors and our passionate car owners to #endthewaitlist was touching in so many ways,” Kristine explained. “The cause was not lost to the shiny vehicles on a beautiful day.”

Development Associate Hillary Sawyer credits the success of the event to a hardworking group of volunteers who “poured their heart and soul” into the event.