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11-25-09

Delaware Valley “For the Kids” Toy Run

Well, Delaware Valley pulled it off! That is, with the help of hundreds of volunteers, like yourselves, our 29th Annual “For The Kids” Toy Run was a huge success!! It was held on Sunday, November 1, 2009. Thousands of motorcycles carrying toys for sick children lined up along Delaware Avenue for the ride to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Although the rain did put a damper on our attendance, we still had a large turnout. So many people look forward to participating in our toy run event each year and came from all over. It’s our way of giving back to the community. We even had the pleasure of having some of our state officers, Kevin and Peggy Snyder, Tom Christofes, Jr., and Lynn Wesley, attend our toy run. There were also quite a number of vendors, some of which were non-profit organizations, like Brothers For Flight 93, and the March of Dimes, to name a few. With the help of WMMR 93.3 FM, and Pierre Robert, advertising for our toy run was frequently aired prior to the event. Our Philly’s finest, the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police helped to direct traffic, blocked city streets, and escorted our parade to Children’s Hospital. Several ambulance services were also on hand in case of an emergency, including American Patriot Ambulance Service and A Vital Response Inc.
Our group of volunteers did an excellent job putting this toy run together. We worked all year on this event, and we want to thank everyone for doing their part in making this run so successful! We want to send out a special THANK YOU to TONY LUKE’S OLD PHILLY STYLE SANDWICHES for kickstarting our donation drive. They were highly instrumental in helping us start the fundraising campaign by making the first donation. Thanks to Tony Luke’s, a “Cheesesteak” challenge took place among all of the local area cheesesteak shops and several of them stepped up to the plate and made large donations. In addition, a big THANK YOU goes to Judge Seamus McCaffery, a lifetime member of the Delaware Valley Chapter of ABATE of Pennsylvania, who was our Toy Run Grand Marshal, had tirelessly campaigned for us and had raised thousands of dollars on our behalf towards our fund drive. We then reached out to our community and asked for the additional financial support in order to reach our goal. Not only do we want to thank them, but we also want to thank the many companies and individuals who contributed in so many different ways, including cash donations, time, equipment and vehicles, and services, to our “For The Kids” Toy Run.

SPECIAL THANKS!
A VITAL RESPONSE INC.
ABATE OF PA-BLUE MOUNTAIN CHAPTER
ABATE OF PA-CRAWFORD COUNTY CHAPTER
ABATE OF PA-HIGHLANDERS CHAPTER - IN MEMORY OF BRENNA MILLER
ABATE OF PA-KEYSTONE CHAPTER
ABATE OF PA-STATE OFFICE
ALL AMERICAN CONSTRUCTION
AMERICAN LEGION POST 520
AMERICAN PATRIOT AMBULANCE SERVICE
ANNE M. & BRIAN W. GRYGO
ARDMORE TOYOTA
ARTHUR ALAN WOLK ASSOCIATES - THE WOLK LAW FIRM
AURORA O’BRIEN
BARB’S HARLEY-DAVIDSON
BRIAN’S HARLEY DAVIDSON
BRIDGEPORT RIB HOUSE
CAVANAUGH’S RIVER DECK
CENTURIONS MOTORCYCLE CLUB
CHANNEL NBC 10 - “INVESTIGATIVE REPORTS” WITH HARRY HAIRSTON
CHARLES & CAROL UMBENHAUER
CHROME RIDERS
CITY ELECTRIC CORP.
CROSSROAD POWERSPORTS
DAVID POTTER
DEL-MIL
DENNY WALDMAN
EAST COAST BIKER
ENERGY RESEARCH GROUP-NORTHEAST SERVICES
FINNIGAN’S WAKE
GREGORY MCFADDEN
GRIFFIN WRIGHT
HARPER M. SHOAP, III
I.B.E.W. LOCAL 98
INTERNATIONAL UNION OF OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 542
INTERSTATE BATTERY OF CHESTER COUNTY
IRON CITY SUPPLY COMPANY, LLC
JEFF MILLER
JEFF PISCITELLI
JERSEY GIRLS MOTORCYCLE CLUB
JIM’S STEAKS
JUDGE SEAMUS MCCAFFERY - GRAND MARSHAL
KAREN SARGENT
KEVIN & PEGGY SNYDER
KEYES TOWING
KEYSTONE DIGITAL IMAGING
KEYSTONE MOTORCYCLE PRESS
LACHELLE LEVAN
LAW OFFICES OF PAUL BRADFORD ORR
LEE GABER, PC
LINDENWOLD LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE #548
LISA FICKINGER
LOBEL, KAUFMANN & ANASTASIA
LYDIA FREDRICK
MARGARET JEKER NICOLOSI
MESSENGERS MOTORCYCLE CLUB
PAT’S KING OF STEAKS
PAUL LEISEY
PECO, AN EXELON COMPANY
PENNOCK FLORAL
PIERRE ROBERT - WMMR 93.3 FM
PLUMBERS UNION LOCAL #690
POTTY QUEEN
RIDER INSURANCE
ROOKIES HILLTOP INN
SPRINKLER FITTERS LOCAL UNION #692
SUNOCO
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 107
TEAMSTERS LOCAL UNION NO. 830
THE JIM BEASLEY FIRM FOUNDATION, INC.
TIOGA FOUNDATION FOR TIOGA PIPE SUPPLY COMPANY, INC.
TOM CHRISTOFES, JR.
TRACEY PARK
TRI-STATE HOG CLUB
UNITED STEELWORKERS UNION LOCAL 10-1
WAVERLY LOUNGE
WAWA, INC. - STORE #191 - MATTHEW DUCA, STORE MANAGER

We couldn’t have done it without all of your help and your support this year!! We knew that our toy run had to go on, whether we raised the much-needed funds or not. There was nothing more satisfying than to see a child laugh and smile when the thousands of bikes drove by the hospital during the parade. The end result is that there will be hundreds of thousands of children receiving our toys throughout the holiday season and throughout the coming year, and hopefully, bringing smiles to their faces. Isn’t that what it’s all about?!

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