The Oswego Salvation Army and Oswego County ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) will host a benefit Motorcycle Run on Sunday, August 16, 2009, to help raise funds for the ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬Å“I BelieveÃ¢â‚¬Â Campaign.
The $1.5 million capital campaign, which is currently underway, will help with the building renovation and expansion of services at the new Oswego Salvation Army facility at 73 West Second Street.
Registration for the event begins at 11 a.m., followed by an hour and a half ride beginning promptly at noon from the Oswego Salvation ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 73 West Second Street location. There will be reserved parking for bikes at the corner of West Second and Seneca Streets.
Following the run, a BBQ pork dinner will be provided by Raging River BBQ at approximately 1:30 p.m. Music will be performed by local musician John Bletch and Friends. Additionally, a number of activities will be offered to entertain children, including a toy basket auction.
A donation of $15.00 per biker includes the cost to ride and the BBQ dinner/entertainment. General public tickets, which are available at the Oswego Salvation Army, are $8.50, and Children 6 and under are $5.00. The tickets allow you to view the bikes and participate in the BBQ, music and entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the Oswego Salvation Army Ã¢â‚¬Å“I BelieveÃ¢â‚¬Â Campaign.
Event T-shirts will also be available for purchase throughout the day for $15 each.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very excited to partner with the Oswego County ABATE for this unique event,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Barb Bateman, President of the Oswego Salvation Army Advisory Council. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They have been very supportive of us and our mission, and we look forward to a great benefit,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Bateman.
Salvation Army Ã¢â‚¬Å“I BelieveÃ¢â‚¬Â Team Member and Event Coordinator Gail Goebricher, said, Ã¢â‚¬Å“This event officially kicks off our Ã¢â‚¬Å“I BelieveÃ¢â‚¬Â TeamÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fundraising efforts and will help push us towards our goal for the campaign.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We welcome all bikers from throughout Oswego County to join us and participate in the ride and event, and community members to join us for this wonderful day,Ã¢â‚¬Â she added.
ABATE is a non-profit organization comprised of motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the United States dedicated to preserving the rights, safety, and freedoms of motorcyclists.
The Oswego Salvation Army is part of the International Salvation Army organization, which is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. The local citadel provides food, education, services and spiritual support to the local community.
Anyone interested in information about programs or serving as a volunteer at the Oswego Salvation Army can call (315) 343-6491 or stop by the office at 73 West Second Street. Oswego. The ArmyÃ¢â‚¬Ëœs Ã¢â‚¬Å“I BelieveÃ¢â‚¬Â campaign continues to raise funds for renovations for the ArmyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new facility.