On Sept. 8, The Decatur County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE) raised $3,024 with their seventh annual Decatur County ABATE Charity Ride.
Bill Wilber, event organizer and Decatur County ABATE Representative, called the Ride a huge success.
“The event went very well,” he said. “We raised a good deal of money for Special Olympics.”
Wilber added that he and other members of Decatur County ABATE attended the Special Olympics Fall Athletics Awards Banquet Sept. 18 and presented the Ride’s proceeds to the group in person.
“We got to meet all the Special Olympics athletes, the parents, and most of the board members,” Wilber said. “They were speechless when we presented our check. They were happy to see us when we showed up at the banquet; when they saw that check, they were elated. It was a special night.”
According to Wilber, the 100-mile ride started and ended at Greensburg’s Cutting Edge Sporting Goods.
“We headed out from Cutting Edge,” Wilber explained. “From there, we went through Milroy, then through Oldenburg and to Millhousen, and then to Hope before coming back to Greensburg.”
The group stopped in each town along the route, taking time to “stretch our legs and get something to drink,” according to Wilber.
The bikers ate Lunch at Oldenburg’s Brau House and dined on complimentary pizza from Snappy Tomato Pizza in Hope.
“They donated five Big Beast pizzas,” Wilber said.
After returning to Greensburg, the group held a hog roast, with sides and salads donated by Greensburg’s KB Foods.
Classic and southern rock band American Stories provided the evening’s musical entertainment.
“This was our seventh year doing the ride,” Wilber said. “We’re extremely pleased with the results. Of course, we wish we would’ve had more riders, but you always wish you had more; you always wish you could raise just a little more money for this important cause. But that’s all the more reason to look forward to next year; hopefully, the eighth annual Charity Ride will be even bigger.”
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