Annual MDA Bike Run raises $7,000

Submitted Photo Pictured are some of the participants in the thirteenth annual MDA Bike Run sponsored by the Moniuszko Club in Dunkirk. From left are: Terry Frazier, Angelo Rivera, Diane Elliott, Erik Robbins, Jen Acevedo, Devin Robbins, MaryAnn Sell, Tina Wallace, Edziu Wallace, Naomi Torres and Bill Vacanti.

STOCKTON — The Thirteenth Annual MDA Bike Run and Campout was held on Sept. 1-3 at Chautauqua County Fireman’s Fraternity Campgrounds in Stockton. The event was sponsored by Dunkirk Moniuszko Club, and co-sponsored by The Red Knights M.C. and Big Guns, M.C. The weekend was in honor of Erik Robbins and Brian Robbins, who have been the Good Will Ambassadors for this event for the past 13 years and suffer from this crippling and terminal disease.

The event was in memory of 11 individuals: Albert Elliott, step-father of Erik and Brian Robbins, who passed away on Oct. 29, 2015; Jane Jusko Eagan, grandmother of Erik and Brian Robbins, who passed away on March 30, 2005; Joan Burns who passed away on Jan. 22, 2008, at the age of 36 from Muscular Dystrophy and was an advocate for the handicapped and spearheaded the effort to make all public buildings in Dunkirk handicapped accessible; several supporters of MDA and the event who left us way too early: John Mt. Pleasant (July 18, 2009); Joe Lascola Jr. (May 3, 2011); Charmaine (Komada) Christopher (Oct. 18, 2015); Chuck Pacos (March 23, 2016); Billy Hall (Jan. 1, 2017); James J. Sell (Jan. 18, 2017), Frank Jusko Sr. (May 5, 2017) and Dave Hatfield.

The Chautauqua County Fireman’s Fraternity Campgrounds in Stockton, NY was filled with campers and bikers came together over the Labor Day Weekend to raise money for a very important cause.

Friday evening, live music was provided by The Moonshine Band from Erie, Pennsylvania who played from 6 to 10 p.m. The Brocton Cub Scout Troop 217 returned this year to sell hotdogs, burgers and sausage. Jim Walker of Big Jim’s BBQ came in from Indiana to serve up awesome BBQ.

On Saturday the motorcycle run was held and commemorative 13th Annual t-shirts designed and printed by Creative Screen Printing were distributed to the first 50 or more registered. Starting at noon, the 175 registered participants which included 99 motorcycles and Seavy Auto Sales Limo, were led out of Stockton by The Red Knights, M.C. and Big Guns, M.C.

The first stop was the St. Stephen Hotel in Brocton NY, where hot dogs were served to all. The motorcyclists continued to stop points at Palm Gardens in Gowanda, The Vegas Pad in Kennedy and Whiskey Hill in Cassadaga, before returning to the Chautauqua County Fireman’s Fraternity Campgrounds in Stockton.

The participants returned for dinner at 5 p.m. which included a half Chicken prepared by Dan Skubis, Angelo Rivera and Dennis Bouquin. The kitchen committee consisted of Judy Ames, Misty Ames, Dolly Richerson, Sue Jensen, Abbey Malcolm and Debbie Huston. Sides included green beans, corn on the cob donated by Feinen’s, Yerico’s, Lasecki’s and a North East, Pennsylvania farmer, potatoes donated by Roberto Fred Farm, bread donated by Better Baked Foods and beverages from Shur-Fine in Cassadaga. Certo Bros. provided the beer truck.

Thanks go to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fredonia for allowing the use of their electric cookers to serve all the wonderful food.

The New Direction Band out of Crawford County, Pennsylvania provided an awesome show and live music from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday evening. The silent auction and big board raffle items totaled 20+ items. Two 50/50 drawings were held. Additional raffles were held for a patriotic afghan and pillow set crocheted by the talented Toni Willis and a Biker Reaper Halloween decoration donated by Edziu Wallace.

Thank you to Bill Vacanti for donating the Jack Daniel’s Sturgis 77th Anniversary Private Stock signed bottle direct from Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The bottle cannot be purchased in any store, it was bottled specifically for the 77th Sturgis event by the Jack Daniels Distillery. There was also a laser etched Sturgis 77th Anniversary logo on the bottle. The bottle, custom coaster and box were all signed by representatives from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. These items were purchased by Vacanti at Sturgis and then he in turn asked for the autograph and special note on the bottle and box stating “MDA Run 2017.” Also included in the package was a Gremlin Bell from Sturgis. Collector’s value could go well over $500 as stated by Jack Daniels.

Thank you to the Red Knights MC and Big Guns MC had planned to hold Bike Rodeo Games on Sunday, but the events were rained out. We hope to bring this event back next year and have a larger group of participants.

Edziu and Tina Wallace would also like to thank the Dunkirk Moniuszko Club board members and club members for sponsoring our event again this year. Without your generous sponsorship, this event would not be possible. Thank you to all the motorcyclists and campers who support this event each year.

Thank you to the following: Chautauqua County Fireman’s Fraternity, Inc. Board Members and Campground Caretaker, Bill Best; Red Knights, M.C. and Big Guns, M.C. for planning and leading the bike run; Al Seavy and Terri Selig at St. Stephen’s Hotel for welcoming us and for the use of the Limo; Palm Gardens, The Vegas Pad and Whiskey Hill; Vacanti Extreme Signs; and Steve Lehnen for driving the limo.

Thanks to the following individuals who helped by selling tickets, serving beverages, assisted with drawing the auction winners, cleanup etc.: Mary Ann Sell, Lori Grisanti, Brenda Pazderski, Melissa Pazderski, Beth Chrispen, Jayme Appel, Laura Peterson and any others I may have missed. Special thanks are extended to Diane Elliott and family of Fredonia.

Thanks to all the businesses, groups and individuals for monetary donations and auction items for the 2017 event including: Advanced Auto, Al Seavy Auto, Allison Parker/AJ Woodworks, Animal and Noreen Shuart, Arby’s Restaurant, AT&T, Auto Zone, Bahghat & Laurito-Bahghat, Ballard’s RV Center, Barbara Ann’s Hair Salon, Basil Chevrolet, Big Jim’s BBQ – Jim Walker, Big Rick’s One Stop, Brian Robbins, Buffalo Bison’s Baseball, Calio’s, Carl and Carlene Pawlak, Cassadaga Country Club, Cassadaga Farm Supply, Catch 18, Cattoo’s, Chautauqua Fireman’s Fraternity, Christin Augello-DeGolier, Coughlin’s Pub, Cub Scout Pack 217 Brocton, Darwin’s, Deb Buckley, DeJohn’s Spaghetti House, Denison Enterprises, Diane Elliott, Duane and Jayme Appel, Dunkirk Fredonia Painting, Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, Domus Fare and the OBSERVER.

Also: Ed/Tina and Nick Wallace, Erik Robbins, Family Video, Feinen’s, Fredonia Hardware, Fredonia Beaver Club, Fredonia Chrysler, Fredrickson Builders, Googie and Toni Willis, Gwen Hite, Hamlet Farms, Harvest View, Henry’s Hair, Jamestown Plastics, Jeff and Darlene Rowe, John and Brenda Pazderski, JB Thompson, JoJo Asian Cafe, Kosciuszko Club, Lasecki Farms, Liberty Vineyards, Linda Harris, CPA, Lions Den, M&R Greenhouse, Main Wine & Spirits, Mary Ann Sell, Mary’s Deli, Mogen David Winery, Moniuszko Club of Dunkirk, M. D. A. – Rochester, Napa – Dunkirk, Napa – Westfield, New Era Cap, Noble Winery, O’Malia’s, OTB/Matt’s News, Papaya Arts, Paper Factory, Patton Electric, Pete and Roberta Pacos, Pizza Hut, Post Journal, Power Shop, Quincy Cellars, Red Bird Tattoo, Red Knights MC, Roberto Fred Farms, Rocco’s, Savvy Hair School St., Brocton Crafter, Scott and Beth Chrispen, Sears/Ed Pagano Jr., Sherwin Williams, Shurfine, St. Stephen’s Hotel & Restaurant, Steve and Dawn Jusko, Sullivan’s Charbroil, Susan Huerta, The Cakery, Tops, Tractor Supply, Tricia DeJoe, Troy and Judy Beck, Trudy Pacos, True Value Add Lumber, Tuscany, Upper Crust, Vacanti Extreme Signs, Vacanti’s Hair, Valu Home Center, Walmart, Weatherhill Farm, Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, Willow Creek, William and Andrea Vacanti, Wing City Grille and Yerico’s Farm.

We also received donations in memory of Frank Jusko Sr. from Judith Madera, Pittsburgh Builders Exchange, Cynthia Jusko, Susan Huerta, Steve and Dawn Jusko and Walt and Delphine Jusko.

Thank you to everyone for your continuous support by donating time or items to the silent auction, raffles or made monetary donation and those we may have missed listing above. This year’s event raised $7,000 for Muscular Dystrophy Association. Over the past 13 years the event has raised $76,125 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The 14th Annual Bike Run and Campout will be held on Labor Day Weekend 2018 on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and 2.

We are continuously looking for people who would be interested in being on the committee to help plan the event or just to go out and collect donations. Any help is greatly appreciated and needed to make the 14th annual bigger and better.

If you would like to help with the event in 2018, contact Tina Wallace at 410-0845.