The Ninth Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Campout and Bike Run was held on Aug. 30 and 31 at the Chautauqua County Fireman's Fraternity Campgrounds in Stockton. The event was sponsored by ABATE Chautauqua Chapter and Moniuszko Club of Dunkirk. The weekend was in honor of Erik Robbins and Brian Robbins, who have been the Good Will Ambassadors for this event for the past nine years and suffer from this crippling and terminal disease.
The event was in memory of five individuals:
Jane Jusko Eagan, grandmother of Eric and Brian Robbins, who passed away on March 30, 2005;
The Ninth Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Campout and Bike Run held over Labor Day weekend raised $5,000. Pictured is Nick Wallace by Stockton campgrounds entrance.
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 January 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;
Mike "Cash" Lancaster, founding President of Southwestern Chapter of ABATE, who was killed in a motorcycle accident in July 2005;
Richard Piatek who passed away on December 28, 2003, at the age of 33 from this disease; and
Joe Lascola, Jr. who passed away on May 3, 2011 and who was an avid supporter of MDA and the event.
The new location at the Chautauqua County Fireman's Fraternity Campgrounds was filled with campers and bikers enjoying the beautiful Labor Day Weekend weather to raise money for a very important cause. Friday evening live music was provided by Big Tone who played from 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday morning the bike run registration was held and free commemorative T-shirts were distributed to the first 50 motorcycles/bus riders registered. There were 80 motorcycle drivers, 39 motorcycle passengers and 12 passengers on the St. Stephen's courtesy shuttle. Starting at noon, the bikes and bus were led out of Stockton by Edziu and Tina Wallace and their six-year-old son, Nicholas. The first stop was the St. Stephen's Hotel in Brocton, where hot dogs with sauerkraut, chili, cheese, etc. was enjoyed by all. The Fredonia Police escorted the bikes and St. Stephen Hotel Courtesy Shuttle through Fredonia where motorcyclists headed out toward Silver Creek and stopped at the Rosebrook Golf Course on Beebe Road in Irving. After a rest and refreshments at Rosebrook, they headed to The Barr in Cherry Creek and then to the Stockton Grille before returning to the Chautauqua County Fireman's Fraternity Campgrounds.
The participants returned at 5 p.m. for dinner which included a half chicken prepared by Jim VanArsdale, roasted potatoes prepared by Judy Ames, tossed salad and pork n' beans donated by Mary Ann Sell, corn on the cob donated by Dick Feinen, bread donated by Better Baked Foods and beverages from Certo Brothers Distributing and Shur-Fine, Cassadaga. Thank you to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Fredonia for providing electric cookers to serve all the wonderful food.
Saturday evening live music was provided by Gina V and the Barn Cats. Throughout the evening the silent auction winners and big board raffle items were announced. The 'Freezer Pig' Raffle was won by Bob Stroh and was donated by Al and Diane Ellicott. The 50/50 drawing was won by Erik Robbins. A raffle was held for a MDA Campout T-shirt Logo Quilt created and donated by Cheryl Gawronski and won by Tina Wallace, who gave it to Brian and Erik Robbins. There was also a raffle for a New York Yankee's Championship Coat which was won by Bill Best.
Edziu and Wallace would like to thank all the motorcyclists and campers who support this event each year and without them this event would not be possible. MDA would also like to thank the Chautauqua County Fireman's Fraternity, Inc. and Campground Caretakers, Ken and Diane; village of Fredonia Police; Al Seavy and Terri Selig at St. Stephen's Hotel for welcoming them and use of the Courtesy Shuttle; Rosebrook Golf Course; Jim 'Moose' Michaels for printing tickets; and Steve and Jan Davis for driving the shuttle.
Thanks to the following individuals who did whatever was asked including selling tickets, serving/preparing dinner and beverages, etc.: Mary Ann Sell, Judy Ames, Misty Ames, Dan and Deb Sullivan, Toni and Googie Willis, Donna DeLong and Wayne Velzy, Christina Delong, Carl and Carlene Pawlak. Special thanks are extended to Al and Diane Elliott and family of Fredonia, and Steve and Dawn Jusko.
Thanks to the following businesses, groups and individuals for monetary donations and auction items: Moniuszko Club of Dunkirk, ABATE of Chautauqua Co., Joe Gullo and The 542d Force, Provider/82d ABN Division, Dom Polski Club, Brautigam & Brautigam, Kosciuszko Club, Stedman Energy, Columbus Club, Jamestown Plastics, The Cakery, Hae Jude, True Value, Vacanti Signs, Tower Gifts, The House of the Potter, Kelly Hotel, Blasdell Pizza, Kirk's Jewelers, Tractor Supply, Add Lumber, Darwin's, Game Stop, Omalia's, Sherwin Williams, Beaver Club, Service Hardware, Boyer RV, Patton Electric, Main Wine & Spirits, Pete & Roberta Pacos, Advance Auto Supply, Hamlet Farms, DFT, Lasecki Farms, Brian Robbins, Erik Robbins, Dorene Farnham, Becky Storer, Power Shop, White Inn, Mary Ann Sell, X-Cel Services, Rose Conti, Carl & Carlene Pawlak, Merritt Winery, Linda Harris CPA, Valentine's, Pine for Peanuts, Gentlemen Jacks, Midtown Realty, OTB/Matt's News, St. Stephen's, The Barr, Rosebrook Golf Course, Nickel City Nomads MC, Fredonia Hardware, Purina, Weatherhill Farm, Liberty Restaurant, Dunkirk Home Brew, Paper Factory, John and Brenda Pazderski, Alison Parker, Al and Diane Elliott, Steve & Dawn Jusko, Henry's Hair, Pizza Hut, Denison Enterprises, EZ Clean, Fresh & Fancy Florists, Central Station, Cherry Creek Sub Shop, Tuscany, Ellie's Deli, Mancuso Propane, Tops, Ed Shults, Mancuso Greenhouse, Wing City Grille, Cattoo's, Gay Mark, Fredrickson Builders, Cassadaga Country Club, White Horse Inn, JB Thompson, Dunkirk OBSERVER, Rocco's and ECS.
Thank you to everyone for your continuous support and assistance by donating time or items to the silent auction, raffles or made monetary donation that we may have missed above.
This year's event raised $5,000 for MDA. Over the past nine years the event has raised $49,025 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. We hope to be welcomed back to Stockton Fireman's Fraternity Campground for our 10th Annual Bike Run and Campout on Aug. 29 and 30, 2014. We are looking for people who would be interested in being on the committee to make the 10th Annual bigger and better. Contact Tina at 410-0845 to express your interest.