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Norfolk American Legion Riders raising funds for Wounded Warrior Program

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NORFOLK - Last year they rode for the Children’s Miracle Network, and this year the Norfolk American Legion Riders will be cruising the county raising funds for the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warrior Program.

“All proceeds of the day will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program so that the much-needed assistance to physically and/or emotionally injured military personnel can continue,” Norfolk ALR Vice President Royal B. Sheldon said.

This year’s ride continues an annual effort by the club to raise money for different organizations. In 2012 they rode for the benefit of the Legacy Scholarship Fund, and they’ve also raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

“Nearly each year since the Norfolk ALR was organized in 2005, there has been a charity ride supervised by the members of the chapter,” Mr. Sheldon said.

This year’s annual charity ride will be held July 12 at the legion, located at the intersection of state Route 56 and High Street, Norfolk. Registration runs from 9 to 10:50 a.m., and the ride leaves the legion at 11 a.m. Luncheon will available at the first stop.

Mr. Sheldon said riders will travel approximately 130 miles, returning to Norfolk at about 4:30 p.m., where they’ll enjoy a meal, games of chance, poker hand and raffles. A large quilt provided by the Norfolk Legion Auxiliary will be raffled, and a big-ticket item that will be up for grabs is a one-night hotel stay that includes dinner for two.

“This year’s ride includes travels to Hogansburg, Owls Head and Parishville before returning back to the Norfolk Legion, with the distance totaling approximately 130 miles. Most participants remain at the Norfolk Legion Hall for an evening meal and a chance to win donated prizes. This year those in attendance will have an opportunity to qualify to win numerous raffles, including a drawing to determine who wins a hand-made quilt provided by the membership of the Norfolk Ladies Auxiliary. Area businesses have donated prizes that will also be raffled to raise funds,” he said.

This year’s registration fee is $15 for the bike operator and $5 for a passenger. The evening meal alone is $10 per person. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to aid the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warrior Program. A representative from the 10th Mountain Division will be taking part in the ride, Mr. Sheldon said.

“Each year the riders pay an entrance fee to attend and take part in the raffles and entertainment of the day. The day concludes after consuming a delicious meal, and those with raffle tickets in hand hope their numbers come up,” he said.

Mr. Sheldon said a successful fundraiser hinges on the support of riders and those who donate items to the cause.

“The Norfolk ALR is very appreciative of the local merchants who support the event with their donations, as well as appreciative of the motorcycle riders who take part in the event to have a good time while raising much-needed funding for a great cause,” he said.

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