On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Sun Lakes Rotary Club and the San Tan Rotary Foundation are sponsoring the sixth annual Hooked on Healing Veterans Motorcycle Charity Ride. The proceeds of this annual event support wounded and disabled veterans living here in Maricopa County. Specifically, proceeds from the day go to benefit the good works of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing (www.projecthealingwaters.org); and The Arizona Patriot Guard Riders Help on the Homefront program. “No man/woman left behind extends beyond the battlefield.” These men and women served us and it’s now our turn to serve them.
This year’s ride is a change-up from our five previous rides in that it is shortened and features a fresh face. Participants will ride/drive approximately 50 miles from Desert Wind Harley-Davidson in Mesa to the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek, with one Poker Run stop at the Fountain Hills Rotary Park right beside the big fountain in downtown Fountain Hills. All biking enthusiasts are invited to join us. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, with coffee and sweets while participating in the Patriot Guards ride prayer, the “Circle of Honor.” Those planning to ride may also register for the event at www.healingvets.org. The simplified Poker Run features large cash prizes for both the best poker hand and the worst. At the Buffalo Chip Saloon, a reduced fare lunch will be served, a silent auction will hopefully pique attendee interest between games and other activities, and who knows what surprises our Master of Ceremonies Scott Favers of Partyfavers, has up his sleeve.
So, if you are interested in helping out our veteran community, consider participating in the ride; or consider volunteering for an hour to help us make this day a best ever event; or, if you just wish to make an anonymous financial donation, you may do so easily at www.healingvets.org. For more information on this fun event and how you may participate, check out the website or call Stan Kaufman, Sun Lakes resident and ride chair at 701-238-2310. For more information about the Rotary Club of Sun Lakes, go to www.sunlakesrotary.com.