'As Bare As You Dare' raises $6767

Apr 02, 2014
Photo by: Donated TURNING UP THE HEAT — Tom Curtis, director of the American Legion Riders, hands a check to Patsy Dowling, director of Mountain Projects. Standing next to Curtis is Mark Leopard, director of Sons of the Legion; next to Dowling is Roy Presley, commander of American Legion Post 47.

The "As Bare As You Dare" motorcycle ride fundraiser, held Saturday, March 1, was a great success.

There were 78 motorcycles and numerous riders who took the dare, which was to dress down and ride in the cold to raise money for heating assistance for the elderly of Haywood County.

This year's 30-minute ride began at the American Legion and went through Hazelwood, Frog Level and downtown Waynesville, and then ended at the Legion for an after-party and fundraiser. A meal was provided to the riders, with music by Julie's Kickin' Karaoke and Tony Poole. There were ride T-shirts for sale, a silent auction with items such as homemade cakes and a Harley basket.

Every department of the American Legion Post 47 worked together to make this event a success. The year's ride was the most successful so far, thanks to the Legionnaires, the American Legion Riders, the Ladies' Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion. The Maggie Valley Nursing Home and Rehab Center hosted a separate fundraiser lunch to add to the total.

Along with the public's participation, $6767.67 was raised. Tom Curtis, director of the American Legion Riders, presented the money to Patsy Dowling, director of Mountain Projects, on Thursday, March 27, at the Legion.

The raised money will go to Mountain Project's "Share the Warmth" program, which reduces heating costs to low-income elderly people in Haywood County.

"100 percent of the money raised goes to the elderly," said Dowling. "None is used for administration costs."

The "Bare As You Dare" ride originated in 2011 by the Iron Calvary, a local motorcycle club, and was originally called "Freezin' for a Reason, Bikers in Boxers," for the first three years. This year, the ride changed sponsorship — the American Legion — and the name changed to "As Bare As You Dare," and was connected to www.coolbikers.org. Many local business were corporate sponsors, donating cash and door prizes to ensure the fundraiser's success.