Some really exiting news developing for this years ride involves several retired NFL stars and our long standing connection here in the Chautauqua Lake region with Ohioans, especially Northwest Ohio. These football players, who are also Ohio State Alumni, are getting involved to help the missing and with that are bringing in new donations, sponsors, and participants, so this is wonderful news.
Though missing persons is certainly a local cause with so many cases in our area, both closed and un-closed like Lori Ceci-Bova and Damien Mark Sharp, it is also sadly a regional and national epidemic. Anything that can be done to broaden the outreach of this event into a more regional effort is more than welcome. The last couple years this has started with Axemen members attending from other out of town chapters, and now this year with these NFL riders joining in its looking like we will be getting a lot more help to that end.
So, check it out, and join us; these guys will be riding with us this year, and there may be more joining in so stay tuned for updates… And, in advance thank you so much for getting involved.
STEVE DEBERG, Quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, and Atlanta Falcons. For the 49ers DeBerg led an NFL season in completions and pass attempts. Steve later played in the playoffs for the Broncos and then twice for the Chiefs. Among other impressive stats, as an NFL quarterback for 21 years, in 1998 at age 44, Deberg became the oldest quarterback to start an NFL game.
ROBERT SMITH, Ohio State rushing leader, Fox Sports analyst, and former Minnesota Vikings running back, who in 2000 lead the NFC in rushing with 1,521 yards.
TOM COUSINEAU, 2 time Ohio State All American and Hall of Fame linebacker, and former Cleveland Brown who led the team in tackles for three seasons.
DAN “BIG DADDY” WILKINSON, Ohio State All American defensive tackle, and former Cincinnati Bengal, Washington Redskin, Detroit Lion and Miami Dolphin, who in 1996 led the Bengals in sacks and the defensive line with 37 solo tackles.
CRAIG CASSADY, a Defensive back, he is the son of OSU Heisman Trophy winner “Hopalong” Cassady. A 73-75 Buckeye, he led in interceptions for Ohio State’s 1975 season and played on the All-Big Ten Conference team. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1976 and played the 1977 season. Unfortunately due to injury Craig retired early in 1978.
SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE BY, Howard Albert “Hopalong” Cassady, a running back, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1955, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1979. played in the NFL for eight seasons, one with the Cleveland Browns, and seven of them for the Detroit Lions, with whom he won the 1957 NFL Championship game.
From initial investigations to search and rescue, First Responders and Emergency Services play important if not critical roles in missing persons cases.
As one small measure to bring attention to this, as well as to recognize you for your dedication and service; When signing up for the ride this year please let us know of your position and receive a $5.00 discount on the entry fee.
Celoron Rib Fest, Celoron, NY, June 5-8, 2019 (Ride to Find em, Sat., June 8)
Same place but a new and improved venue. The village park where the rib fest is held is having several improvements made including the beautiful new boardwalk that runs from the band shell to the boat launch. There is also an exciting new attraction and amenity next door, the Harbor Resort Hotel.
The CUE Foundation and “Ride to Find em” is proud to announce the results of our 5th annual motorcycle poker run fundraiser. Entry fees and raffles resulted in over $2200 being raised for the “Community United Effort” Missing Persons Foundation. This was wonderful and up from last year.
Despite earlier reports, we were once again blessed with good weather and had a great turn out with 72 motorcycles and a total of 96 persons participating.
A special shout out to the NYC Axemen chapter who couldn’t make it this year but sent in a nice donation, thank you.
And, congrats to the following: High hand winner Gary Ingerson of Jamestown, NY / low hand winner Lori Lassen of Frewsburg, NY / Club trophy winner Southern Tier Riders of Kennedy, NY / $365 50/50 winner Jeff Osborne of Youngsville, PA.
It was a great year! Thank you to all sponsors, contributors, and participants.
CUE Tent at the “Celoron Rib Fest”, draw 1 and 5.
The AXEMEN at the “Luensman Overlook”, draw 2.
All the establishments of the Dunkirk Pier including our friends at Spike Dailey’s
and how cool to get to check out the fire boat, draw 3.
https://www.whiskeyhillsaloon.com/ New stop this year, draw 4.
Well this years motorcycle run is almost here and shaping up to be another great one.
Once again the C.U.E. tent will be at the Celoron Rib fest all 4 days and taking sign ups for the run anytime right up through the morning of.
Stop by and get in on the 50/50 drawing and all the raffles to help raise additional monies for the missing persons foundation (all proceeds go to the C.U.E. including those from the run).
Again this year we have many awesome donations including services and merchandise from area businesses and a special shout out goes to the 2 big items this year; a repeat – Day sail package on Chautauqua lake from Ready About Sailing; and a new donation – Party Bus rental from Maynard’s Limousine.
Thank you so much to all our contributors and the Axemen firefighters M/C.
Everyone raved about last years route and once again the Axemen, the official sponsor of the Ride to Find em, are planning another great run (2018’s map). The first stop will be the Luensman Overlook in Brocton, take a break, hydrate, check out the awesome scenery.
The mid/long stop will be the Pier at Dunkirk on Lake Erie, and again this year there will be lots of activity including vendors, live music, and the oldest fire boat still in operation will be docked which you can tour.
The third stop will be a new one for us, the Whiskey Hill Saloon. A great choice, biker friendly establishment, and we’re grateful to have them hosting us for the first time.
Our final stop will be back at Celoron on Chautauqua Lake at the annual Rib fest where when we return there will be live bands playing, the beverage tents open along with food and other vendors, the CUE tent will tally the run results and hand out prizes and trophies. Later in the evening there will be the raffle drawings and the 50/50 you need not be present to win, and for anyone who is present there will be fireworks again that we hear will be even better than last year.
Another year, promises another fun filled day for a very important cause.