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Norfolk American Legion Riders raising funds for Wounded Warrior Program

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NORFOLK — Last year they rode for the Children’s Miracle Network, and this year the Norfolk American Legion Riders will be cruising St. Lawrence County raising funds for the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warrior Program.

“All proceeds of the day will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Program so that the much-needed assistance to physically and/or emotionally injured military personnel can continue,” American Legion Riders Vice President Royal B. Sheldon said.

This year’s ride continues an annual effort by the club to raise money for different organizations. In 2012 it rode for the benefit of the Legacy Scholarship Fund, and it also has raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York.

“Nearly each year since the Norfolk ALR was organized in 2005, there has been a charity ride supervised by the members of the chapter,” Mr. Sheldon said.

This year’s annual charity ride will begin Saturday at the Legion, at Route 56 and High Street. Registration is from 9 to 10:50 a.m., and the ride leaves the Legion at 11 a.m. Lunch will available at the first stop.

Mr. Sheldon said riders will travel about 130 miles, returning about 4:30 p.m. to Norfolk, where they’ll have the chance to enjoy a meal, games of chance, a poker hand and raffles. A large quilt provided by the Legion Auxiliary will be raffled, and a big-ticket item up for grabs is a one-night hotel stay that includes dinner for two.

This year’s ride includes traveling to Hogansburg, Owls Head and Parishville, then will return to the Norfolk Legion. Most participants will stay at the Norfolk Legion hall for a meal and a chance to win donated prizes and participate in the raffles, Mr. Sheldon said.

“Area businesses have donated prizes that will also be raffled to raise funds,” he said.

This year’s registration fee is $15 for the bike operator and $5 for a passenger. The evening meal alone is $10 per person. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the 10th Mountain Division Wounded Warrior Program.

A representative from the 10th Mountain Division will take part in the ride, Mr. Sheldon said.

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