The expected number of riders was impacted a little by an early harvest. Instead of the 250 or so expected, there were maybe only 200. Thatâ€™s 200 motorcyclists riding in the Fourth Annual Debbie Gabel Memorial Ride, this past Saturday.
The riders and a raffle for a brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle help raise nearly $60,000 for the Thundering Saints Inc. foundation, said ride organizer, Rocky Gabel, husband of the late Debbie for whom the ride and the foundation are dedicated.
â€śWe raise nearly $52,000 on the bike raffle alone,â€ť said Rocky. â€śAnd of that, $10,000 goes to hospice, $2,000 goes to Relay for Life, and $500 to $1,000 goes to Womenâ€™s Way. And throughout the year, we give a little here and a little there to help families who are going through tough times, whose family members are dealing with cancer.â€ť
Saturday was the right day for the ride. More than 140 miles of the area was mapped out for the ride, and â€ścrossing guardsâ€ť were posted along the way to help with traffic and the number of bikes. The night ended with a silent auction and a dance.