CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- The Keystone Chapter of ABATE is responsible for the bluish purple "Motorcycles are Everywhere" signs dotting roadsides in Franklin County, Pa. Probably never was the group's point more evident locally than when 200 engines roared with power Sunday afternoon at M&S Harley-Davidson.
The bikers - with Santa Claus among the crowd - followed a police escort from the business' parking lot toward their destination, the American Legion grounds in St. Thomas, Pa., where Blackwater Still waited to perform.
Proceeds from the fifth annual Christmas in July parade benefited the Royal Family Kids' Camp for abused and neglected children. Calvin Wolfe, president of the ABATE chapter, estimated the event would raise about $7,500.
"We have a lot more participating than we ever had before," Wolfe said.
Members of ABATE (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education) solicited support at area businesses and met at M&S Harley-Davidson because the Falling Spring Road motorcycle dealer is a platinum sponsor of the organization, Wolfe said.