Upwards of 200 riders participated in the 7th Annual Border Town HOG Toy Run on Saturday, and the riders couldn’t have asked for better weather. TAYLOR WEAVER LSS PHOTO
The parking lot at Denham Chrysler recommended earplugs on Saturday, when the Border Town Harley Owners Group (HOG) held their annual toy run.
“Everything came together really well this year. The last couple of weeks have been pretty frantic trying to get everything together, but I think we had a great turnout and we’re going to have an excellent year,” said Cory Tavener, toy run chair and assistant director of the Border Town HOG chapter.
“This is the 7th annual toy run in Lloydminster, and we’re just hoping it gets bigger and better every year.”
Tavener added how similar to past events, the community really stepped up and showed their support, which in turn helped out the Lloydminster Community Youth Centre, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and KidSport, as this year’s funding recipients.
Last year’s fundraiser brought in roughly $60,000, a number Tavener is hoping to surpass once the dust settles and numbers are tallied.
“I think we have a good chance to exceeding $60,000. We’re looking at over 200 registered riders here today, and we’re selling cabaret-only tickets, which have been selling very well,” he said.
This year’s cabaret featured the Dirt Rich Band, a group Tavener and the HOGs were happy got onboard.
“We divide everything amongst the charities, and if there are some extra toys and leftover money, we like to support the Ronald McDonald House both in Edmonton and Saskatoon, and to us that’s local because we have local families that do use those services, so it’s important for us to help them out as well,” said Tavener.