The Alzheimer Society of Kenora/Rainy River Districts held its 15th-annual “Ride for Memories” on Saturday, ending with a steak dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion in Dryden.
With the forecast being sunny and hot, about 100 riders made their way to the Log Tavern in Nestor Falls for fresh-baked goods, followed by sumptuous soup and sandwiches for lunch at the Legion in Fort Frances.
It was an a balancing act riding the infamous Highway 502, with construction for at least 10 km.
Then the final windup at the Dryden Legion featured a delicious steak dinner over coals prepared by Tim Wall.
Kenora Mayor Dave Canfield and his wife, Liz, followed along in his truck with a jerry gas can but he prefers to ride (hopefully next year).
The best poker hand was won by Marlene Gordon.
This year’s top pledge-earners were Jim Harty ($5,927), Kevin Kennedy ($5,500), Bob Gordon ($,3770), and Dave Canfield ($3,155).
They all received prizes but generously decided to give them back so the Society can auction them to a full crowd and earn more for this event, noted executive director Rossana Tomashowski.
As of this morning, we have a total of $33,707 and counting.
Ride T-shirts commemorating the 15th year are still available to purchase for $15 each!
Every dollar raised through our fundraising initiatives stays in the district.
We thank our generous and committed riders, sponsors, and Doug Hutton, who has been collecting prizes for this event all these years!
Thanks also to our ride committee of Robert Gordon and Dave Canfield (Kenora), Bill Naturkach (Fort Frances), and Doug Hutton (Dryden).
The Dryden Police and OPP also are thanked for ensuring we are safe along the way.