— The Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club is hosting its first-ever MS Ride for Life and Poker Run today.
The club, which has been involved in fundraising activities for patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) for several years, has now added this weekend’s drive to help people who are battling multiple sclerosis.
“We pride ourselves on how we help out around the community,” said Mountain Riders member and event coordinator Dean Williams.
“For several years, we’ve had a team over at the (U.S.) Oval (during the annual Walk for MS events), but we decided to do a ride this year to see if we could raise some more money.”
The ride will cover about 100 miles, beginning at North End Repair on Route 3 in Plattsburgh, traveling to Saranac Lake and then back to Wilmington where an afternoon barbecue, life auction, raffles and entertainment will be offered.
People who do not participate in the ride can enjoy the barbecue for $10 a ticket.
For the ALS fundraisers, Mountain Riders have also donated money to a local individual and family dealing with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The group has tried to touch base with several patients with multiple sclerosis in the area in hopes of continuing that tradition from the ALS fundraisers.
However, if the Mountain Riders do not have any individuals to donate funds to, the money will go toward the Fletcher Allen Health Care Multiple Sclerosis unit in Burlington, Williams noted.
During its most recent ALS drive, the group raised more than $11,000.
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Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Mountain Riders Motorcycle Club's MS Ride for Life and Poker Run can send checks to Tracey SantaMaria in care of Mountain Riders MC, 362 Nelson Road, AuSable Forks, NY 12912; or call 647-5764.