FORT FRANCES—Motorcyclists will be taking to area highways this Saturday (Sept. 8) for the local Alzheimer Society’s fifth-annual “Ride for Memories,” with this year’s ride ending here that evening.
“We are going to have a fantastic turnout,” enthused Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the Alzheimer Society for the Kenora/Rainy River districts.
She said about 70 people already have registered, but is expecting at least 150 riders in all.
If riders call Schonewille by this Friday and let her know they’ll be participating, the registration fee is $15. If they register the day of the ride, it’s $20.
Being a major fundraiser for the local Alzheimer Society, riders are encouraged to collect pledges to raise money for the cause. Pledge forms are available at local businesses, including the Super 8, The Place, La Place Rendez-Vous, and the Adventure Inn.
There are four starting location for participants across the region—Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Fort Frances. Local riders will leave from The Harbourage at 8 a.m.
Schonewille said the public is encouraged to come by, check out the riders’ bikes, and wish them well. The Harbourage also will be holding a special “Coffee Break” that day, with proceeds going to the Alzheimer Society.
“Mr. Hammond is so good to give up his facility, when you get that many people around at one time and you have your regular customers, as well,” she noted.
Riders will head east and then go up Highway 502 to Dryden, where they will meet up with other riders for lunch.
The group then will head to Atikokan via Highway 17 and Highway 622 before returning to the Adventure Inn here for a steak dinner.
Schonewille noted the public should keep an eye open for the riders when they enter town and go to the Adventure Inn.
“It’s going to be really exciting,” she enthused. “When you see that many bikes coming through at one time, it really gets your heart pumping. It’s quite amazing.
“So many people in the community have supported somebody in the ride,” she added.
“This ride is happening because of their support, as well. They’re as much part of it as the riders because they’ve donated.”
Schonewille estimated the riders might be coming through town around 4:30 p.m., but is hoping B93•FM will be able to broadcast a message to the public when the riders arrive (the ride is followed by Dryden radio station CJDR).
At the dinner, a number of big prizes will be up for grabs for participants who collect the most pledges, as well as for the best poker hand.
There also will be a Chinese auction and commemorative T-shirts available to purchase.
About 150 riders participated last year, bringing in more than $32,000.
If you have any questions regarding registration forms or pledging a rider, call Schonewille at 1-800-682-0245.
< *c>Other fundraisers
In related news, the local Alzheimer Society will be holding other fundraisers this month.
Throughout September, the public is encouraged to “give a buck, sign a cup” at the following “Buck A Cup” locations here: A&W, Dairy Queen, Northern Lights Credit Union, Pharmasave, and the Royal Bank.
District participants include the Village Variety and Cloverleaf Shop Easy in Emo, Barwick Village Restaurant in Barwick, Roadside Restaurant in Rainy River, and Lakewood Credit Union in Nestor Falls.
As well, local businesses are welcome to participate in the Alzheimer Society’s “Coffee Break” on Thursday, Sept. 20.
This annual nation-wide event sees numerous locations serve up coffee and dainties for the cost of a donation to the Alzheimer Society.
Staff often do something different on the day of the “Coffee Break,” such as dress up, noted Schonewille.
Local participating businesses so far include Celeste’s, Community Living Fort Frances and District/The Treasure Chest, Creative Memories (at Pharmasave), Gillons’ Insurance, Town of Fort Frances, and Wilson’s Business Solutions.
(As mentioned above, The Harbourage will hold theirs on Sept. 8 to coincide with the “Ride for Memories”).
Individuals or businesses wanting to be a “Buck A Cup” host or hold a “coffee break” can contact Schonewille at 1-800-682-0245.
(Fort Frances Times)