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Kingsport Moose Lodge to hold benefit ride for Hunger First

Holly Viers • Apr 13, 2018 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT — If you enjoy riding motorcycles and helping those in need, the Kingsport Moose Lodge invites you to participate in its benefit ride for Hunger First.

The event will be held Saturday, April 21, and donations of food, clothes and money will be collected.

“It’s that time of the year that everybody has a tendency to forget about taking care of our people that need taken care of,” said Michael Gillis, executive director of Hunger First. “We steadily have over 900 people about this time of the year that we give groceries to, and for these guys to do this … it couldn’t have come at a better time.”

Background

Bob Coger, governor of the Moose Lodge and president of the Moose Riders group, said the lodge holds a benefit ride every third Saturday of each month, with a cost of $20 per bike.

This month’s ride will benefit Hunger First, while other upcoming rides will benefit Hope House, the Humane Society, Shades of Grace United Methodist Church and other organizations.

About the ride

Coger said the riders will leave from the Kingsport Moose Lodge, located at 935 S. Wilcox Drive, Suite 105. A pancake breakfast will be held from 7-10 a.m., and signups for the ride will follow.

The ride itself will begin at noon and cover 100 miles. Coger said the group will make about five stops at other regional Moose Lodges, picking up any donations they have collected.

Riders should return to the Kingsport Moose Lodge by around 6:30 p.m., Coger said, at which time door prizes will be given away, and a free hot dog dinner will be served to all the participants.

A live performance by Quarter Bounce with Rusty Steel, an old-school rock band, will follow at 8 p.m.

Why you should participate

Though no specific donation goal has been set, Coger said he hopes the lodge can collect as much as it can to help those in need in the community.

“It’s just to help the homeless; that’s what we’re trying to do,” Coger said. “There are a lot of needy families that don’t have (what they need). We just hope everybody will come out.”

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