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Motorcycle chapter looking for donations for charity ride raffles

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NORFOLK - Although their charity ride isn’t until July, members of the Norfolk American Legion Riders are looking for donations that can be used for raffles that will be held as part of a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network.

The riders will be setting out on July 13 for a journey that will take them about 130 miles around the county. They’ll start and end at Norfolk American Legion Post 925 on state Route 56 and High Street, where they’ll have an “end of the ride” meal and festivities that include raffles.

“We do it all in conjunction with the staff at Samaritan Hospital that runs the Children’s Miracle Network,” chapter President Royal Sheldon said.

Donations would be greatly appreciated for the raffles, he said. Anyone who can contribute is asked to contact Dorothy at 384-3451 by June 7, and the name of the person, organization or business will be mentioned as an event supporter.

Mr. Sheldon said their chapter is eight years old, and this will be their sixth year of riding for the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Last year we did it for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund,” he said.

This year they elected to once again raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network of Northern New York, which is based at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

“Last year alone the Children’s Miracle Network Watertown office provided funding and equipment for Canton-Potsdam Hospital, Massena Memorial Hospital and the Ogdensburg hospital, which all service our residents in our area. That’s why we decided to keep the money local,” Mr. Sheldon said.

The chapter has about 40 male and female riders from the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.

“We get a lot of good support from other motorcyclists who may or may not be veterans,” he said.

Their ride route this year will take them from Norfolk to the Amvets post in Parishville, then to the American Legion post in Winthrop for a luncheon stop. They’ll leave there, headed for state Route 37 near the St. Lawrence Centre all and on to the Amvets Riverfront in Massena before riding to the American Legion in Waddington.

“We take a nice scenic tour on (Route) 131 right along the river and avoid some of the heavy traffic that way, too,” Mr. Sheldon said.

Their final stops are the VFW in Canton and back to Norfolk, where they’ll enjoy a meal and hold raffles.

“We start out at the Norfolk Legion post and visit other veterans’ posts throughout the county. We travel roughly 130 miles and by the end of the day we’re back in Norfolk. We work with the cooperation of law enforcement and let them know where we’re going to be. In some areas, depending on the areas we’re traveling in, we request their assistance,” he said.

The amount of money they raise each year varies, according to the president. Last year, he said, there was another event taking place in Alexandria Bay, so their final fundraising numbers were down with fewer motorcyclists participating.

They hope to be able to provide the Children’s Miracle Network with a nice check from this year’s ride, Mr. Sheldon said.

“We’re hoping to raise some decent dollars,” he said.

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