Archive for November 11th, 2008

abate_toy_runI missed this over the weekend, but wanted to provide a shout out after the fact.  Details are available in a great article from Tom Hallman Jr., of The Oregonian on the Musician’s Toy Run Benefit Concert which was held this past Saturday. 

The event was put on by ABATE of Oregon.  It’s nice to see/read a positive news article about bikers.  Both Art West (Brothers Speed MC) and Mike Friend (ABATE Chaplain) provided inspiring quotes along with perspectives on the type of help ABATE has been behind over the years with the Shriners Hospital.

Note that on December 6th the Toy Run for the Portland Shriners Hospital will occur. The public is welcome. Riders will start gathering about 10 a.m. at the TriMet parking lot at 4012 S.E. 17th Ave. Raffle tickets ($10) for a chance to win a Harley-Davidson will be sold there. The drawing will be at noon, and then a ride to deliver toys to the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children will begin about 12:30 p.m.  More information and updates will be posted on the event calendar HERE.

The ABATE/Shriners Toy Run has been in existence since December 1980.  ABATE is a not-for-profit motorcycle organization devoted to raising member and public awareness about motorcycle issues and safety through education and community involvement.

It’s a great example of motorcycle riders doing a lot of good in/for the community!

Poster courtesy of ABATE web site.

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sailorTo the men and women who have or continue to serve our country we honor you today. 

I’m grateful to our Veterans who serve and have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. I posted a previous article HERE on Veterans Day events.

There are a number of HOG and ABATE members as well as Harley Riders organizing in parades throughout the northwest today in a show of support for Veteran’s Day.


Photo of Bryan Hunter (Gilmer, TX) taken (with permission) at the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor Honolulu, HI.

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