SHERIDAN - The eighth annual Motorcycle Run and Campout to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association will be held Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Sheridan Bay Park. This year's event is hosted by Dunkirk Moniuszko Social Club, Inc., and the Chautauqua Chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE).
This event will be in honor of Erik Robbins and Brian Robbins, who have been the goodwill ambassadors for this event for the past eight years and suffer from this crippling and terminal disease.
The event will be in memory of five individuals: Jane Jusko Eagan, grandmother of Eric and Brian Robbins, who passed away on March 30, 2005; John Mt. Pleasant, who passed away unexpectedly on July 18, 2009 and who was an avid supporter of MDA and the event; Joan Burns who passed away on Jan. 22, 2008, at 36 from muscular dystrophy and was an advocate for the handicapped and spearheaded the effort to make all public buildings in Dunkirk handicapped accessible; Mike "Cash" Lancaster, founding president of Southwestern Chapter of ABATE, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in July 2005; and Richard Piatek, who passed away on Dec. 28, 2003, at 33 from this disease.
The proceeds raised will go to MDA and will be presented at the Jerry Lewis Telethon on Labor Day. Over the past seven years the event has raised $37,625 for MDA.
This year's event will begin on Aug. 31 with live music by Lock Down, performing from 6 to 10 p.m.
The Motorcycle and bus ride registration starts at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1 and the bikes leave the park at noon. Registration is $20 per person, which includes chicken barbecue prepared by Evans Volunteer Fire Company and refreshments after the run. The first 50 bikes/bus participants registered will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. On Saturday, live music will be provided by Big Tone from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffles and door prizes.
For more information contact Edziu Wallace at 410-0627 or Tina Wallace at 410-0845. For camping information, call Sheridan Bay Park at 366-5831.