11 years of bike runs, $40 K for Hospice
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 12:49 pm

To the Editor:

The weather was perfect on Saturday, July 31 for riders on over 200 motorcycles who enjoyed the 11th Annual Motorcycle Run to benefit Hospice & Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.

Organized again by Roger and Linda Willmart and their family and friends, this year’s event was another great one. With help from many, many individuals and businesses, the ride raised over $5,400. Proceeds will help Hospice staff provide end-of-life care for patients in St. Lawrence County and their families. The Willmart’s event has raised over $40,000 for Hospice over the last 11 years.

Thanks are due to many, beginning with the Shorelounge’s Fred and Peg for hosting the start of the run and the dinner afterward. Special thanks to Linda Willmart for collecting raffle donations and providing support in many other ways.

Thanks also to the Red Knights and all the road guards for a good, safe ride; to Dennis and Persilla Tebo for organizing the poker run; to Larraine Greer for taking charge of the 50/50; to Eugene and Nekia Mayo for selling tickets for the three large items; to Tom Fenner and Heidi for selling raffle tickets all day; to Scott and Kevin Willmart for fast registration work; to Derrick Restad, Jeremy Sweeny, Brian Willmart, Dale McCormick for being busy all day; to ARAMARK of Clarkson for salads and beans; to Potsdam Police and Massena Police departments for guarding the road; to Patty Philips and the Parishville Fire Department for coffee and urn; to Mary Davidson from St. Lawrence Traffic Safety for handouts, flyers, decals, pens, key chains and kick stand plates; to the cooks, Neil Willmart, Sam Willmart, Mike Rose and Mark Collins for a great dinner again.

A big thanks goes to the Potsdam Big M’s Chip, Luann and Rick for donations of salt potatoes, gift cards and good prices on the meat. Thanks also to Dunkin Donuts of Potsdam for their donation of food.

A big raffle has always been an important part of the success of each of these runs, and this year was no exception. Our sincere thanks go to the many businesses and organizations for their raffle gifts.

Thanks also to the many individuals and organizations who made cash donations to Hospice.

Most of all, we thank the many motorcycle enthusiasts whose participation makes this all possible.

Brad Catling

Director, Development

& Community Relations

Hospice & Palliative Care

of St. Lawrence Valley