Allan Wicklund, right, presents the donation to East End Hospice lead benefactor John Kanas, left, president and CEO Priscilla Ruffin and board chairman Greg Blass. Courtesy photo.

Allan Wicklund, an organizer of the First Annual Barn Boys Car Show presented an $1,800 check to East End Hospice following the classic car enthusiasts’ inaugural event June 3 at Jamesport Farm Brewery.

“We’re an informal group of guys who just get together and work on our cars,” said Wicklund, a Northville resident. There are about 20 men in the Barn Boys club — so named because they meet in a barn, of course.

The group ran car shows for Brookhaven Hospice for six years, raising close to $40,000 over that time, Wicklund said. They decided to hold a show closer to home and, since Wicklund is a fan of the new farm brewery on Sound Avenue, he approached the owners, Anthony Caggiano and Melissa Daniels, about using the brewery site.

“They agreed to let us use the land at no charge, so all the money we raised went to hospice,” Wicklund said. “About 100 cars showed up.” The club gave out 30 awards.

Wicklund said the Barn Boys plan to hold a car show at the Jamesport Farm Brewery again next year.

“Heartfelt thanks to the Barn Boys, Jamesport Farm Brewery, and all those who participated and attended,” said Priscilla Ruffin, President & CEO, “East End Hospice was deeply honored to be chosen as the recipient of the Barn Boys first annual car show.”

In the meanwhile, members of his club and other classic car fans have begun gathering at Jamesport Farm Brewery on Thursday evenings from 4 to 8, weather permitting.

“There’s a nice grass field to park on and the company and the beer are good,” Wicklund said.

East End Hospice (established in 1991) is a not-for-profit organization and a N.Y. State-certified hospice that provides individualized care for terminally ill patients, their families and loved ones in the comfort of their own homes or at its recently opened inpatient facility, the Kanas Center for Hospice Care in Quiogue. Care is provided regardless of patient’s ability to pay.

East End Hospice provides family-centered care to enable people to continue an alert and pain-free life so their last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their family and loved ones. EEH provides a wide range of bereavement services to families, children, and anyone in the community who has suffered the loss of a loved one. For more information about EEH’s programs and community education efforts, call 631.288.8400 or visit the organization’s website. <>.

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