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Motorcyclists wild about Humane Society fundraiser in Williamsport

July 21, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

WILLIAMSPORT -- Preparing for a motorcycle ride Sunday morning, Carol Sours had red goggles, a leather vest with a red rose, a sparkly do-rag and a custom helmet.

And that was just for her dog.

Sours, 62, and her husband, Buddy, of Virginia, said their dog, a 6-year-old Chihuahua named Isabella, has ridden about 20,000 miles on a motorcycle with the couple. On Sunday, Isabella rode about 55 more in a pouch Carol wears on her chest.

Riders on Sunday participated in the fifth annual Dave Alderson Memorial Motorcycle Ride to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County. The ride began at Harley-Davidson in Williamsport and ended at Camp Harding Park.

Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller said the ride was named in memory of Alderson, who was married to a Humane Society board member. Alderson suffered a massive heart attack and died in his 30s, Miller said. He said Alderson was an avid motorcyclist, and the ride was established in his honor.

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About 220 riders participated Sunday, and Miller said the event typically raises $5,000 to $8,000 for the Humane Society. That money goes toward "helping animals and helping us in our daily operations," he said.

The event drew a mixture of animal lovers and dedicated bikers. Some, like Carol Sours, brought their pets along for the ride.

"We're animals lovers," she said. "We like to support anything that supports our furry friends."

Ken Barlup, of Waynesboro, Pa., said Sunday was his first time participating in the ride. His sister was an officer with a local Humane Society, and he said he was glad to raise money to help animals.

Riders paid $20 to $25 to ride, and participated in raffles and drawings to raise additional funds.

Deana Hendershot and Elisa Harpster did not ride Sunday, but they did donate items for the raffle. The pair owns Bow Wow Station & Spa in Hagerstown.

"We always support the Humane Society," Elisa said.

Deana brought her dog, Pork Chop, to the event. The 6-year-old French bulldog was even wearing a Harley-Davidson hat.

Jim Kline, 59, of Williamsport, is a member of the Williamsport chapter of Harley-Davidson Owners Group (HOG), and said he's been riding motorcycles since 1972. He's also an animal lover.

"You can't do enough for the animals," Kline said. "So many are abused."

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