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: “ridetofindem.wordpress.com”, 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”)