Motorcycle Charity Ride benefits Merakey Allegheny Valley School
On September 22, the Crafton-Ingram Rotary hosted its first Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride to benefit Merakey AVS. The ride began at the Merakey AVS Kennedy Program Center and included 40 motorcycles, 1 Slingshot and 1 Viper. Tiny and Jim from Merakey AVS greeted the bikers and posed for photographs before the ride began.
The ride included a visit to Merakey AVS Pittsburgh Campus, where many were outside cheering on the riders with "Thank You" signs. The 50-mile ride took turns throughout Allegheny County, making its way to Merakey AVS Patricia Hillman Miller Campus (PHMC) where a porch and balcony full of people were clapping and cheering. Ken and Stephanie joined the bikers at the end of the event at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Crafton.
The event raised $1,475 for Merakey AVS programs that support adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Pennsylvania.
Merakey bikers included - Sr. Manager of Recruiting Jim Battaglia, Motor Development Specialist Jen Morse and Development & Community Engagement Coordinator Amy Rocini. Bikers were also represented by the following rotary clubs: Crafton-Ingram, McKees Rocks Area, Pittsburgh and Rich-Mar. Many thanks to the Crafton and Ingram Police for providing an escorted ride from PHMC to the Knights of Columbus Hall.
We are so grateful to the Crafton-Ingram Rotary Club and to Rotarians Joe Orbovich and Don Wolbert, Jr. for coordinating the event, and plan to make the 2020 event even larger!
Thanks to the following Merakey AVS employees for assisting with the event: Cathy Engleka, Jean Germain, Jan and Dennis Harvilla, Michelle Miller, Amy Rocini, Leslie Sprawls and daughter Rylie and Sydney Hails. We are also grateful to the food prep crew at the Edward J. Zapp Program Center for providing mini muffins for the sendoff. And a big shout out to everyone at Pittsburgh Campus and PHMC for greeting the bikers and for showing their Merakey pride.
Click the following links to see videos from the event: Clip #1 | Clip #2