Press Release: The 4th annual “Ride to Find em” – Thanks to all for a great success!

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This year’s motorcycle run fundraiser held at the Celoron rib fest raised over $1700 for the “Community United Effort” foundation for missing persons, a local and national concern; and a great deal of thanks is in order.


Having the biggest turnout to date; over 80 motorcycles, and over 100 people including riders, participated in the effort. Included in those numbers are individual riders as well as those who are members of various clubs including the Axemen, Southern Tier Riders, Patriot Guard/Legion riders, and Brothers by Choice.


Of the cash prizes and trophies awarded to participants, a club trophy was presented to Southern Tier Riders, Kennedy NY for bringing the most members to the run (aside from the Axemen who abstain as the host m/c). Jim Muscato of Dunkirk won the hi trophy and cash prize, Joshua Wolf of Jamestown won the low trophy and cash prize, Ron Wonderling of Russell won the 50/50 drawing (thank you to the American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 for sponsoring the 50/50), and all participants were provided a supporter t-shirt by the Axemen.


“I can’t tell you the number of people who remarked to me how much they loved the run, it turned out to be a beautiful day and folks just kept commenting on what a great route it was, how well organized it was, and overall enjoyable. We were truly blessed with all that” – Janeane Shanahan, C.U.E. Coordinator


The run begins and ends at the exciting venue of the Celoron rib fest and travelled to the Columbus inn, Columbus PA; the Cooler Café, Sherman NY; and Spike Daily’s at the pier, Dunkirk NY. As an added bonus this year the oldest fire boat in operation was docked at the pier in Dunkirk and a live band was playing. Our thanks go out to this year’s pit stops for hosting us.


A thank you as well to the following for their assistance: the Ellicott PD, Lakewood-Busti PD, Dunkirk PD, Lakewood-Busti Fire dept, Fredonia Fire dept, and Dunkirk Fire dept.


“This was also a special year in of itself and as a precursor to next year, with the Axemen adopting this run as their own after helping these last couple years. They’ve been incredible and this year in addition to members from Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Salamanca, they also had members here from New York City, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. It was awesome and especially as support and awareness for missing persons and their families is such a necessary cause in our own communities, as well as so many others across the nation. I was so humbled on behalf of the C.U.E. to present the Axemen a plaque of appreciation dubbed “Heroes of the Missing”, for their ongoing sponsorship”.


Our utmost gratitude also goes out to the following additional sponsors: Auto Credit of Jamestown (who also sponsored this year’s Celoron rib fest bike night, an important event occurring the night before the run), Southside Redemption Center Jamestown (already next year’s first additional sponsor), Ready About Sailing of Celoron, Chautauqua Lake Fishing Assoc. of Celoron , Mirage Salon of West Ellicott, Mikes Nursery of Lakewood, Levant Motors of Falconer, Tarmac Café West Ellicott, Train Station Restaurant Warren, Huey’s Place Youngsville, Lee’s Nails Lakewood, Luxe Spa Lakewood, Big Puff’s Vapor store Jamestown, Tim Hortons Jamestown, Chuck Sciascia of Andover MA, Bridge Street Artworks of Ashtabula OH, and last but not least the entire Celoron Rib Fest Committee including Mayor Schrecengost, the Celoron Fire Chief, and all of its volunteers.


We are excited about next year’s run, the 5th annual milestone, and are planning to double our efforts and hopefully more so the results. We are thrilled to announce right here that next years run will be “Saturday, June 9th, 2018”, and encourage anyone that would like to sponsor this event in some way to help us plan well ahead by contacting us today at: “”, which also includes links to the C.U.E and other related info.


(See also: Post Journal article 6/11/17 – “Nonprofit group raises awareness of missing persons”)


4th Annual Motorcycle Run – June 10th 2017 at the Celoron NY RibFest – details here

PDF version of the ride poster here: Download, save, print, email, share.

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Please help us get the word out by distributing these posters, thank you.

Ride to Find em 2017 – New route finalized for this year, and more info

They say you gotta keep things interesting so for this years run, a brand new route and new stops. As usual we’ll start and end at the Celoron Rib fest, and the ride will again include both New York and Pennsylvania, however as shown on the map below this year we’ll go to some new stops, into Warren County to Columbus, PA; then back into Chautauqua County to Sherman, NY; and then to the Dunkirk Pier in the North County. Once again this year the Axemen have donated their time to iron out an exciting new route that’s safe and enjoyable, and have been working out escorts for us in several key areas as well.

As always, all the money raised from this event goes to the CUE (Community United Effort foundation), to support their important work assisting in cases of missing  persons as well as providing crucial support to their families. This is an issue unfortunately that is near and dear to many families throughout our local communities as well as nationwide, and the generous support of your participation will continue to make this endeavor a success.

The venue for the event is excellent being held on the 4th day, which is the big finale Saturday, of the Celoron Rib fest at the village park on Chautauqua Lake. The amenities are plenty and there is no shortage of fun and activities with a lot of Rib and other food vendors, merchandise, beer and wine tents, a band shell with live bands, a classic car show, this year will have fireworks, and more. For those locally or coming in from out of town the day before, Friday night is bike night at the rib fest as well.

This whole event as well as the ride to find em motorcycle run just keeps getting better every year and we hope to keep making this run bigger and bigger, drawing more and more people from a wider area and visitors from a far. If your considering becoming one them check out all this are has to offer and make a vacation of it. There a plenty of nearby accommodations from hotels to campgrounds to marinas and cottage rentals as well as lots to do.

Some exciting news already for next years run, is right next to the rib fest venue there will be a 4star resort hotel (pictured here) which is part of the village’s overall lakefront and boardwalk redevelopment.

So it’s gonna be a great year and we hope to see individual bikers and clubs from near and far there as a part of this growing effort. We’ll have trophies and cash prizes for the poker run winners and a club trophy for the biggest group, as well as drawings and raffles, and a whole lot of fun!

2017 route: 

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Rib fest news – Friday Bike night is on – Next morning Saturday – Ride to find em

Great news motorcycle riders – the Rib fest has a sponsor (Auto Credit) for Friday night bike night on the Boulevard so it’s on again this year. Spread the word to all the riders that show up – the “Ride to find em” is the following morning and encourage all those present to visit the C.U.E. tent while there and sign up.

Seeking donations for this years annual Missing Persons Awareness Campaign and Ride to Find em

This effort wouldn’t be possible without the generous donations of individuals, business, and organizations like you. As always all proceeds go to benefit the C.U.E. (Community United Efforts); all miscellaneous donations, monies from the run, drawings, auctions, raffles, and merchandise, including any sales of AXEMEN t-shirts, thank you so much for that, and to all our of donors!

All monetary, certificate, merchandise, and in-kind (where possible) donations are welcome.

If you would like to be one of our sponsors, please see below for more information as well as tax exempt donation status.

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3rd Annual Poker Run fundraiser – June 11th at the Celoron NY RibFest – Details, flyers, here

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2016 june11th-ride-to-find-em-pokerrun-celoronribfest-poster ver1 (PDF) {flyer can be opened, saved, emailed, printed; please feel free to help distribute}

2nd Annual Poker Run fundraiser – June 6th at the Celoron NY RibFest – Details, flyers, here

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2015 june6th-ride-to-find-em-charity-pokerrun-celoronribfest poster vers1ax (PDF) {flyer can be opened, saved, emailed, printed; please feel free to help distribute}

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