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Still time to join in ‘Ride for Memories’

It’s not too late to sign up to participate in the annual “Ride for Memories,” a fundraiser for the local Alzheimer Society, which is set to go tomorrow.

Motorcycle enthusiasts from across Rainy River and Kenora districts will depart from Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora, and Sioux Lookout in the morning, meet in Dryden for lunch, and then take Highway 17 to Atikokan for a break in the afternoon.

Then everyone will head back to the Adventure Inn in Fort Frances for a steak dinner starting at 6 p.m.

“It is our largest fundraising event,” said Lynn Moffatt, executive director of Alzheimer Society of Kenora-Rainy River Districts, adding they’re expecting about 150 riders, with at least two dozen of those from the Fort Frances area.

“We have a lot of fun doing this event,” Moffatt enthused.

“The riders enjoy coming out, getting together and riding, and collecting pledges for a good cause.”

While many of the participants have been involved in the “Ride for Memories” since its inception in 2003, Moffatt said the event is growing and new riders certainly are welcome to join in.

In fact, 10 riders are coming from Thunder Bay to participate.

The event brings in anywhere from $20,000-$32,000 for local Alzheimer programs and services—and this year Moffatt said they’re hoping to bring in the largest amount yet, aiming for a total of $35,000.

“Alzheimer’s is on the rise throughout the district,” she warned.

“We’re seeing an increase of over a 1,000 individuals, so we do know we need to be offering more services and programs.”

To register for the “Ride for Memories,” visit www.alzheimerkrr.com or call 1-800-682-0245.

Registration costs $25, with riders asked to check in from 8-9 a.m. at The Harbourage here.

For those not riding, but wanting to attend the steak dinner at the Adventure Inn, tickets can be purchased at Northwoods Gallery & Gifts.

A pie auction also will be held at the dinner.

“We are encouraging riders to come out and collect pledges to support the Alzheimer Society in providing ongoing delivery of services and programs,” Moffatt said.

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