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Ride, raffle benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County

September 25, 2011|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Motorcyclists take part Sunday a ride to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County. The bikers left The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84's grounds near Williamsport on Sunday morning and drove around southern Washington County.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

WILLIAMSPORT — Almost 100 people participated in a motorcycle ride and raffle Sunday to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, Chief Executive Officer Phil Bennett said.Nonprofit officials were hoping to raise $20,000 from the event, but were anticipating proceeds to be closer to $15,000, Bennett said.The bikers left The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84’s grounds near Williamsport on Sunday morning and drove around southern Washington County.Proceeds from ticket sales, raffles, donations and corporate sponsorships will help operate the nonprofit group¿s programs, Bennett said.Community-based programs include a harvest party, a Christmas party, a summer swim party, and a dinner and a movie event. Site-based programs at local schools allow adult mentors to go to their little brothers¿ or sisters¿ schools and take the youngsters out of class for about 45 minutes a week so they can spend time doing homework, talking, or playing in the school gym, Bennett said.The local chapter has about 125 matches for those ages 6 to 14, Bennett said.The mentoring program helps youths¿ social skills, general attitude, school attendance and grades, he said.Sunday¿s event included a raffle for a 2012 Wide Glide Harley-Davidson or $12,000 cash. The winner was Lewis Rhoades of the Harrisburg, Pa., region, Bennett said.In a voice-mail message Sunday afternoon, Bennett said organizers said Rhoades wasn¿t present when his name was drawn, so it wasn¿t known whether he was going to choose the motorcycle or the cash.

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