Car show in Hicksville raises funds for brothers of Thomas Valva

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Long Islanders are coming together Sunday at a car show to raise money to support the family of Thomas Valva.

The car show kicked off at 9 a.m. on North Broadway in Hicksville and was contuining through the afternoon. News 12 is told that all proceeds from the event will be gifted to a special fund for Thomas Valva's brothers.

As News 12 has reported, 8-year-old Thomas valva died of hypothermia in January. Police say he had been forced to sleep in a freezing garage in his father's Center Moriches home. Thomas' father and father's fiancee are charged with second-degree murder and child endangerment in the case.

Sunday's car show was arranged by New York Auto Fest. Organizers say they were heartbroken by Thomas' story, and that wanted to raise awareness and help the boy's brothers.

"That little boy froze to death on a day like today so it affects everybody," says Leo Cerritos, of New York Auto Fest. "This is something that never should have happened, never."

Thomas Valva's brothers and mother have seen an outpouring of support since his death. A GoFundMe campaign in Thomas' memory has raised about $75,000.

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