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Ride For Red Raises More Than $2,000 for Red Cross

Volunteers, Community Partners, Sponsors Team Up

Photo: Michele Whalen (left), Manager of the American Red Cross of Cortland County, accepts a check for $2,200 from Three Bear Inn owner Sharon Toussaint for this year's Ride For Red, which was sponsored by the Three Bear Inn in Marathon.

The event continues to grow as this year’s Ride For Red featured 84 bikes and 113 riders.

The 2nd Annual Ride For Red, sponsored by the Three Bear Inn in Marathon, raised $2,200 dollars for the American Red Cross. At noon on Aug. 18, a loud rumble was heard at noon as 84 motorcycles and 113 riders left the Three Bear Inn and were escorted by the Cortland County Sheriff and the Three Bear Riders on their first leg of the trip.

The Three Bear Riders were instrumental in marking the trail and also publicizing the ride in the surrounding communities. That team was composed of Scott Sautter, John Caughey, Jeremy Nye and Bill Lake.

Endicott American Legion Post 1700 members blocked intersections so the entire bike brigade could go through as one. Scott Sautter and Sharon Toussaint led the ride, and the blockers were next. They blocked the intersection at each stop, and then followed behind to keep everyone safe.

Following the riders was an emergency vehicle driven by Pat McMahon, with an attached trailer donated by Diescher’s Farm.

The 110-mile trek took riders through rural farmlands with stops in DeRuyter at Centros Restaurant, the Preble Hotel and the Dryden Hotel, before returning to Marathon. After a 4 ½-hour trip, the riders were treated to a buffet dinner by the Three Bear Inn.

The Ride for Red was made possible by many volunteers who donated their time to make the ride a success. Staff members and community members worked the registration table and sold 50/50 raffle tickets and silent auctions tickets. Morning volunteers included: Elaine White, Bonnie Utter, Louise Evener, Roxanne Vosburg, and Sue and Don Card. The afternoon volunteers included Nichole Evener, Cindi Marshall, Marlana Gibbs, Shawn Kelsey, Richard Garcia and Bryan Ingraham.

“The Out There, Gettin’ It Team,” said Sharon Toussaint, the event organizer, “went into local communities to secure prizes for the auction.” The Silent Auction fundraisers were Gina Popolano, Kristine Guy and Jessica Burlingame.

Business in six counties as well as national sponsors donated items for the 16 baskets in the silent auction. In Cortland, the following businesses donated gift certificates and items: Community Restaurant, Brix Pubaria, Stone Lounge, Varsity Liquors, The Bling, Cortland Produce, Mark’s Pizzeria, Old Main Leather, Van Dueson’s Music, Underground Leather, Sacred Art Tattoo and CNY Farm Supply.

In Marathon, sponsors included the Three Bear Inn, Gregg’s Market, Milo’s Bar and Grill, Robinson’s Auto Repair, Generations Salon, Pinpoint Tattoo, Uncle Louie’s Backyard Steakhouse and Betsy’s Kitchen.

National sponsors included New York Pizzeria, Dollar General, NAPA Auto Care and Xtra Markets, and regional sponsors included Centro’s Restaurant, NAPA Auto Care, Greek Peak Resort, Aiello’s Restaurant in Whitney Point, Nineva Country Store, the Octagon Inn in Glen Aubrey, Mid-Lakes Navigation Company, O’ Graphic Designs, The Hitchin’ Post, Delavan Farms Pure Maple Products in Cincinnatus, Seneca Beverage Corporation, A.I. George, Inc., in Binghamton, The Church at Freetown, Southern Tier Harley-Davison, and Beyond Bottles.

The event continues to grow as this year’s Ride For Red featured 84 bikes and 113 riders compared to 64 and 90 in 2012. Thank you to Three Bear Inn for another great event, and see you in 2014!