By GREG RUSSELL
Register Staff Writer
Cooke County United Way (CCUW) officials said an upcoming benefit should provide a masculine counterpart to one of the agency’s most successful recent fundraisers.
A Halloween costume contest “on wheels” is set for Saturday, Oct. 5 — a rally conducted in coordination with Law Dogs motorcycle club. CCUW Executive Director Angie Hare said event proceeds will benefit a “community impact” grant program now in development on behalf of local nonprofit health and education-related beneficiaries.
She said the program is expected to be finalized and open to applicants during the beginning of 2014, and will operate separately from the regular annual CCUW fundraising campaign.
“We’re formulating all that criteria right now,” Hare said Wednesday, adding that some other events during 2012 and 2013 provided funds earmarked for the new program. “This is going to be able to broaden United Way’s reach and address some unmet needs that we identify as being weak in Cooke County in the areas of health and education.”
But as an event, October’s guy-oriented motorcycle rally is hoped to give participants the good time that CCUW’s recent “Power of the Purse” ceremony gave the exclusively female audience. But instead of bidding on purses and handbags for a good cause, those who get involved will gun through a two-hour motorcycle relay in whatever costume can survive the ride.
Hopefully, Hare added, this should even things out.
“It’s so that somebody can’t call ‘foul,’” she said, laughing.
And beyond the fun, the special events that CCUW conducts in benefit of the new community impact program give Hare’s agency a chance to reach new potential donors.
“It broadens our opportunity to raise funding,” Hare said. “There may be several people who attend those events who may be outside of our community or don’t have the opportunity give to United Way through our regular programs. So that’s what’s important.”
About the rally
The motorcyle rally is set for 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5. Registration is from 3 to 4 p.m. and the first bike leaves Gainesville Outlet Shops on North Interstate 35 at 4:15 p.m. The event will include music, door prizes and priced food from Fuzzy’s Tacos. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. Rally prices are $25 per cycle or car (includes T-shirt, door prize ticket and one food ticket) or $39 for two riders (includes two shirts and two sets of tickets).
About Law Dogs
Law Dogs is a branch of the Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club (LEMC). It was founded in Gainesville in 2000, by five members, and the club is made up of law enforcement and public safety personnel. Law Dogs members do charitable work for the local Littlest Angels and Abigail's Arms programs, pick up food donations and ride for various causes.
For more informatio, call (940) 665-1793.