Motorcycles rally for charitable causes

Blues fest joins rally



— The 12th annual Run for the Border motorcycle rally and fundraiser will be Saturday with a run from Wenatchee to Oroville.

The Columbia River Harley Owners Group is organizing the event to benefit Lilac Services for the Blind and the Okanogan County Shop with a Cop program.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, whose deputies volunteer their time to coordinate Shop with a Cop, said the rally is “really a plus” for the multi-agency program, which takes 25 youngsters from all over the county out for a day of bowling, lunch and Christmas shopping.

“We work hand in hand with the Support Center,” an agency that helps crime victims, to put the officers in touch with children who need help at the holidays, he said. “It’s a lot of fun and a big plus for the kids. It kind of tugs at your heart when you talk to some of these kids.”

The program, which costs around $3,000 annually to stage, usually draws one officer for every two children.

Rogers praised the Columbia River HOG group for its annual help of children around the area.

“Thank you to everyone that donates and to the Run for the Border group. We truly do appreciate it, and I know the kids do, too.”

The other benefactor is Lilac Services for the Blind, a non-profit organization that serves a 14-county area in Eastern Washington and has a Wenatchee office. It assists people who have low vision or are blind by providing training, adaptive devices and encouragement.

Motorcyclists will be charged to enter the rally, which begins in the former Food Pavilion parking lot, 149 Easy St., Wenatchee. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with “kickstands up” at 10 a.m., organizers said.

Ladies of Harley will sell tickets for a drawing for three gift baskets, one of which includes a $500 gift certificate.

“The northern Okanogan in Washington state offers some of the best riding you will ever find,” rally organizers said. “Our beautiful winding back roads follow scenic rivers, lakes, meadows and streams from sea level to elevations of 3,500 feet.”

Canadian riders are expected to join the Wenatchee contingent, making the event international.

Riders can join the rally at any point, and don’t have to make the entire trip from Wenatchee.

Along with the Rally at the Border Blues Fest in Deep Bay Park, the event includes barrel tastings from 1-5 p.m. at area wineries, the North Country Car Club’s Cruise-in Car show from 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Okanogan Estates Wine and Gift Shop, 1205 Main St., and a Sunday poker run.

A post-blues festival jam session is planned for 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Pastime Bar and Grill, 1307 Main St.

Sunday events include a charity poker run through the Okanogan Highlands, starting at 8:30 a.m., and announcement of winners at 12:30 p.m. at the Pastime Bar and Grill.



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