The 14th-annual “Ride for Memories” and poker derby was a success yet again Saturday, raising more than $36,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts.
A total of 152 riders participated in this year’s ride, with many hailing from Fort Frances, Dryden, and Kenora.
Some came from Sioux Lookout, Red Lake, and even Winnipeg while there also were some riders from International Falls, Mn.
The ride had start locations in Fort Frances, Kenora, and Dryden, with local riders departing from The Harbourage here.
Lunch was held at the Dryden Legion before the riders continued on to Atikokan, where they were greeted by Browns’ Clearwater West Lodge and vacationers who were waving Canadian flags to welcome them.
All of the riders then drove to Fort Frances to cap off the event with a steak dinner at the Copper River Inn.
The top pledge-earners were David and Liz Canfield, Bob and Marlyne Gordon, and Jim and Evelyn Harty—all of whom returned their prizes back to the local Alzheimer Society for auction at the dinner.
“These people, the riders, are very generous and kind people we see them year after year,” enthused Alzheimer Society executive director Rossana Tomashowski.
“They are family to us and we enjoy seeing the camaraderie amongst them,” she added.
The best poker hand went to Steve Denby.
Tomashowski thanked Alzheimer Society volunteers, businesses, and event sponsors CKDR 92.7 FM, 89.5 The Lake, and 93.1 The Border, as well as the Alzheimer Society’s dedicated staff and board of directors.
“We could not do this without them,” she stressed.
The date for next year’s “Ride for Memories” is set for Saturday, Aug. 19.
The location shall be determined as soon as the organizing committee meets next month.