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MOTORCYCLISTS of all persuasions are preparing for the second annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Toy Run for children Saturday,
Dec. 10. Meeting last week in Shallotte to discuss plans for the fund raising event were motorcycle enthusiasts (from left) Mike Graham,
president of the Brunswick County Concerned Bikers Association; Supply sign maker Jerome Munna, who organized the first toy run;
Shallotte businessman Scott McLamb; Ocean Isle Police Officer John Goodwin; Mark Gore of Brunsw ick County Emergency Medical
Sen ices; and Board of Education Member Thurman Gause.
TQ BENEFIT FOSTER KIDS
Motorcyclists Gear Up For Toy Run
BY ERIC CARLSON
They're going to get their motors
running and head out on the high
way next week to help make Christ
mas a little more special for local
children in need.
Encouraged by the success of last
year's fundraising event, organizers
of the second annual Brunswick
County Motorcycle Toy Run have
signed up twice as many sponsors,
expect twice as many participants
and hope to raise twice as much
money during the 1994 event, which
is scheduled for next Saturday, Dec.
"It's amazing how many people
heard about last year's toy run and
want to get involved with this one,"
said Supply sign maker and Harley
Davidson rider Jerome Munna, who
conceived of the event.
Munna 's idea was to purchase
Christmas presents for area foster
children by collecting money from
local motorcyclists who wanted to
take part in a commemorative group
ride around Brunswick County. He
also enlisted support from area busi
nesses, who agreed to sponsor the
Despite bone-chilling tempera
tures, 44 motorcyclists ? many from
South Carolina and Wilmington ?
bundled up and braved the icy wind
to take part in the December 1993
toy run. which raised more than
Climaxing that event was a shop
ping spree through the Wal Mart de
partment store in Shallotte, during
which 10 local foster children were
given $100 each to spend on
Christmas gifts. The extra funds
were donated to needy families in
cooperation with the Brunswick
County Department of Social Ser
With the tremendous increase in
donations already committed to this
year's toy run, Munna has arranged
to take 20 to 25 children on the
Christmas shopping spree. Any ad
ditional money raised will be dis
tributed to those in need through
DSS and the Brunswick County
Volunteer and Information Center.
"The support from local business
es has been overwhelming," Munna
said. "Last year we had about 46
who contributed. This year, we've
already gotten 90 sponsors and more
than $2,000 in business donations."
Each motorcycle rider will make
a donation of $10 to participate in
the toy run. Commemorative T
shirts, depicting Santa Claus riding a
motorcycle and bearing the names
of each business sponsor, will be
available for $ 1 0 each. All proceeds
will be used to buy Christmas pre
sents for foster children and to pur
chase food and clothing fo: needy
families, Munna said.
Motorcyclists will gather in the
Wal Mart parking lot in Shallotte at
around 1 1 a.m. for a group departure
at noon. Depending on the weather,
organizers will decide on either a
long or short road course around
Brunswick County. Local police will
assist with traffic at major intersec
This year's ride will feature a
"poker run" organized by the newly
formed chapter of the Brunswick
County Concerned Bikers Asso
ciation. Each rider will draw a play
ing card from a deck at the start of
the run. Three more cards will be
collected at checkpoints around the
course, with a fifth card drawn at the
end of the run.
Trophies and prizes will be
awarded to the riders who gather the
three best poker hands, said CBA
president Mike Graham. The rider
with the worst hand also will win a
consolation prize and trophy.
In conjunction with the toy run,
the CBA also plans a food drive to
benefit county nutrition programs,
Graham said. Drop boxes have been
established at many area businesses.
Or donations of food can be brought
to the Wal Mart parking lot on Dec.
10. Especially needed are canned
meats, fruits and vegetables, cereal
and peanut butler, Graham said.
The motorcycles arc expected to
return to the starting point in Shal
lotte at around 4 p.m., when each
foster child will be paired with a rid
er for the shopping spree. Hot dogs
and other refreshments will be pro
vided for the children.
Also participating in this year's
toy run will he members of the
Brunswick County "Blue Knights"
chapter, a national organization of
police officers who ride motorcy
cles. At least one N.C. Highway
Patrol Trooper and several area law
enforcement officers arc expected to
"This event is open to anyone and
everyone," said Munna. "We're not
trying to promote any organization
or any type of motorcycle. We just
want to get together, have fun and
try to help some of (hese kids."
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