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Bone to be Wild motorcycle ride raises thousands for Humane Society of Washington County

July 15, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Motorcyclists on a benefit ride for Washington County Humane Society drive on Spielman Road Sunday.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

The Humane Society of Washington County raised an estimated $4,000 to $5,000 Sunday through its annual motorcycle ride fundraiser, a 40-mile trek through the Cearfoss, Williamsport and Boonsboro areas that ended at Washington County Regional Park east of Hagerstown, Executive Director Paul Miller said.

Thirty-three motorcycles participated in the ride, with about 70 people turning out for the picnic at the park after the ride ended, organizers said.

Craig and Mary Hood, of Williamsport, rode a 1-week-old Harley-Davidson Switchback for the Bone to be Wild fundraiser.

“Last year was the first year we did it. It was a really great ride, a lot of good fun,” said Craig Hood, 36.

The couple has three dogs and five cats, three of which were adopted from the humane society.

The money raised Sunday will be used to help the animals at the shelter, including paying for medications, vaccinations and microchipping, Miller said.

Money was raised through sponsors, pledges, raffles, and entrance fees for drivers and passengers, said Ben Cross, events coordinator for the humane society.

Stan and Denise Bryan, of Hagerstown, raised $815 out of the $1,432 in pledges for the fundraiser, Cross said.

Among those who turned out for the event were Tuck Koontz and his girlfriend, Dana Shafer, who are members of the Washington County chapter for the motorcycle organization ABATE of Maryland.

The couple has two chocolate Labradors, said Shafer, 53, of Hagerstown.

“I believe in the ride for one thing. I believe in what the animal shelter actually does,” said Koontz, 58.

Mary Haberkorn and her husband, Eric, rode his Harley-Davidson Road King for the fundraiser.

“I’m a firm believer in what they stand for,” said Mary Haberkorn, 52, of the humane society.

The Haberkorns have six cats, two dogs, three goats, chickens, ducks and geese, said Mary Haberkorn, of Williamsport.

While none of their current animals were adopted from the humane society, Mary Haberkorn said she is planning to adopt a bobtail kitten from there.

She once fostered a kitten that she ended up adopting, Haberkorn said.

“I’m always on the list for farm animals that no one wants,” she said.

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