Locals join ‘Ride to Achieve’

By on May 28, 2014


Sally and Patrick Thrower

Sally and Patrick Thrower

Calling all motorcycle riders and their passengers, for three fundraising rides through Lancaster County!

The hosts of this event, The Arc of Lancaster County, provides services for the entire county, but the leadership has a decidedly Lititz influence. As the organization prepares for a major motorcycle fundraiser on May 31, many of its Board members live in Lititz. The President of the riders’ group is from Ephrata.

Executive Director Maureen Westcott, who also hails from Lititz, describes the origin of the fundraiser’s title, The Ride to Achieve.

“It comes from the National Arc Byline of ‘Achieve with us.’” Westcott said. “This year’s goal is to raise more than $4,000 and include at least 50 riders and their passengers. The money will be used to supplement the membership budget and pay for additional advocacy services, meetings and several other programs.”

Last year’s inaugural Ride to Achieve was supported by 30 riders.

The rides begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 31 with final registration starting at 9:30 a.m. The starting location for all three treks is B & B Yamaha and Triumph at 343 Champ Boulevard, off the Salunga exit of Route 283. B & B is the host of the event, and will be welcoming all to their open house on the same day.

Patrick Thrower, of Ephrata, is the Chapter 343 President of the STAR Touring and Riding Association made up of Lancaster County riders. The STAR group has lent itself to support the Arc fundraiser for the past two years. STAR Motorcycle is a division of Yamaha.

“We’ve been an official chapter for five years,” Thrower said, “and have become more active in charitable work. In addition to the Arc ride, we have contributed to the Capitol Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) and Feed the Children.”

Patrick was instrumental in developing the three routes for the Arc fundraiser. Each of the scenic paths through Southern, Western and Central Lancaster County include Self-Guided rides of 42, 50 and 76 miles.

For $25 per driver, and $15 per passenger, each participant will receive a tee-shirt and an entry ticket for the door prizes. Interested supporters may pre-register on line at theArcoflancasterco.org or call 394-5251. There is also a link from the STAR website at star343.com. Coffee and food will be available, starting with the 9:30 registration.

In addition, raffle and 50/50 tickets will be sold. You do not have to be present at the 12:30 p.m. 50/50 drawing. Many door prizes have been donated, and will be awarded at the same time as the other prizes. These include two vouchers for flights from Lancaster to Washington’s Dulles Airport, courtesy of SunAir, a family four-pack to Hersheypark, a Champagne Brunch for two at the Eden Resort, two tickets to Sight & Sound Theatre plus prizes from Olive Garden Restaurants and the Philadelphia Pretzel Factory and others. You must be in attendance with your ticket for the door prizes.

Thrower talked about another Lititz couple that has close ties to both his rider’s chapter and The Arc of Lancaster County.

“Chris and Tom Miller, of Lititz, have been riding members for five years, and Christine Miller is also on The Arc Board of Directors,” Thrower said.

Miller was reached for comment on her way to Florida last week.

“I hope to be a passenger on my husband’s bike,” Miller said, “but if not, I’ll be helping with the registration, food or handing out tee-shirts. “I’m optimistic. I’d like to see us have more than 100 riders.”

There are three additional Lititz residents on the Arc Board. They include incoming President Patrice Smedley, who takes office in July, Treasurer Karen Ingraham, and Board member Jean Mollica. All of these Board members are unpaid volunteers.

Westcott wanted to make sure that non-riders are not left out, adding, “You do not need to be a rider to participate. Corporate sponsors like Blakinger, Byler & Thomas, P.C. and Sager, Swisher & Co. LLP help with funding awareness and community support as well as Web development and distribution and production of the newsletter.”

Westcott is completing the first year of her three year term as Executive Director. She is hopeful for the opportunity to stay close to home in this position, even beyond the current term.

The other featured activities this year for The Arc of Lancaster County include the recently completed “Color Classic Fun Run” at Elizabethtown College and the March Membership meeting. Still on the calendar are the September 6th “Friends and Family” picnic at Lancaster’s Longs Park, and the Angel Gift program in December.

The Arc lives by the Mission Statement adopted by the national organization: “To promote and protect the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” It was founded in 1962, and formed by parents of children with disabilities.

The STAR Touring and Riding Association is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, and has more than 300 chapters in the United States plus Canada, Italy and England among other World-wide supporters.

Kevin Frey is a freelance sports and feature correspondent for the Lititz Record and Ephrata Review. He welcomes your questions and comments at frey_kevin@ymail.com.



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