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bikers_heartThat’s not a reference to Valentine’s day, but in case you’ve lost your calendar it’s coming up on Saturday.

Instead I’m referring to the fund raising event hosted by D&S Harley-Davidson in Medford, OR.  The “Bikers Have Heart” event started a few years back when the community had a couple kids who were battling brain tumors and needed some special help. They created a Yahtzee Run – kind of a poker run, only with dice and a Yahtzee card that you’ll fill out along the way – and concluded with a street party at D&S including raffles and an auction.  In the last 8 years the event has raised over $100,000 for children in need.

This event has helped out some wonderful kids over the years and bikers have made lifelong friends. Some of the families they’ve helped come back each year to volunteer and help the next child in line to receive benefits. And 100% of what is raised stays in the Rogue Valley.  If they raise above the goal they’ve set for a family then the balance goes to the other children helped by the local Children’s Miracle Network.

The 2009 “Bikers Have Heart” fund raising and Yahtzee Run starts at D&S Harley on Saturday, May 2.  It’s the real deal and I encourage you to attend the event.

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shriners_2008Are you riding in this Saturday’s (Dec 6th) ABATE Toy Run?  The experience of bringing a new toy to give to a deserving kid is one that will be unforgettable and shouldn’t be missed.

The event is put on by ABATE of Oregon who have been behind this activity for years to help the Shriners Hospital.  Sure there will be chromed up bikes and a Biker Santa, but the cool part (other than making a kid smile!) of the event is the parade ride and having streets blocked off by LE as you wind through the city.

Riders will start gathering about 10 a.m. at the Tri-Met 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. 

The Sunset HOG chapter is meeting up at Paradise Harley-Davidson at 9:30am and will ride to the Tri-Met staging area.

See you there!

UPDATE: December 8th – See the result of the toy run HERE.

Poster courtesy of the ABATE web site.

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While attending the 2008 OR State HOG Rally, I previously posted about a couple of ladies (Linda and Lynette) who introduced themselves and we chatted for a bit about “save-the-date” cards they were passing around to restaurant patrons.  I had just finish eating dinner at Hamley’s Steakhouse in Pendleton.  As volunteers of the Pendleton Kiwanis Round-Up Club they were making sure all the bikers would get the word on the Bikers in the Blues Rally set to take place on July 10-12, 2009.  

I didn’t know much about the Kiwanis.  With a little research I learned they are a group of international volunteers and all about serving children of the world.  That’s a good thing!  Through ordinary people they are helping develop the future generation and from library book programs to at-risk youth they are involved in the community to make it a better place for all.

They don’t have a web site up yet, but I committed to doing a shout-out on the Rally…a small part to bring some visibility to this good cause.

You can obtain more info by emailing: bikers in the blues (all one word) at Q dot com.    It was great to meet the Kiwanis Girls.

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