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Rain keeps riders away from Washington County Habitat fundraising event

May 19, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Steady rain that fell throughout the morning and afternoon Sunday kept riders away from the second annual Women Ride for Women Build fundraiser.

Some motorcycle riders were expected to attend a picnic later that afternoon at Harley-Davidson of Williamsport.

The event raises money for Women Build, which is part of the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, said event chairwoman Gidget Gallahan. Women Build -- an international organization -- formed in Hagerstown in 2005.

The local group has about 20 active members and is preparing to build its third house. Work is expected to begin in the fall on the home on Concord Street in Hagerstown, Gallahan said.

She said the group holds fundraisers to purchase the materials needed to build the homes. It takes about $60,000 to build each house, Gallahan said.

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Last year's Women Ride for Women Build fundraiser drew about 100 riders and raised $2,300 for the group.

The ride was originally scheduled for May 4, but was canceled due to a forecast of rain.

"We should have gone rain or shine that first date," Gallahan said. "It turned out to be an OK day. That's what we should have done."

Gallahan said she expected a "handful" of the 40 registered riders to participate Sunday.

"Those are the dedicated motorcycle enthusiasts," she said.

Gallahan organized the event along with Suzie Grolton and Robin Lessig.

Gallahan said she expected about two dozen people to attend a picnic with prizes and giveaways following the ride.

Anyone interested in helping Women Build or donating to the group can call the local Habitat for Humanity office at 301-791-9009 or e-mail womenbuild@att.net.

Women Build holds other fundraisers throughout the year, including a bonanza event. The group also receives money from the local Habitat for Humanity auction.

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