Brian Alexander with A-1 Enterprises presents a check to Mike Seaman, secretary of Kenai ABATE for $3,300. Also pictured is Sandy Laughhead, Scott Hamann, Nissa Eldridge and Kevin Eldridge.
What a sight to see sixty plus motorcycles cruising down the Spur Highway and K-Beach, some solo, some with riders, all out to enjoy the HOT summer day of July. With one main focus. Toyz for Totz.
It was a Poker Run, hosted by A-1 Enterprises in Soldotna, a locally owned business specializing in all the toys you would ever need for the outdoors. It only seems fitting that they would help to raise money for the ABATE Club, a non-profit organization who’s members all ride motorcycles, and have annually raised money to provide gifts for children at Christmas.
On a hot Saturday morning the parking lot at A-1 was completely packed with motorcycles, riders and passengers gathered around talking with friends while getting registered and gladly offering up the $50 entry fee, knowing it’s for the kids. Riders of all ages were scattered about waiting in anticipation for the ride to begin. The entire lot glistened with Harleys, Yamaha’s, Honda’s and more plus the ever impressive Victory Motorcycles. There were some of the most beautiful proudly kept motorcycles this writer had ever seen. Custom chrome to lashing flames of fire on the tanks and fenders. Simply impressive.
The back lot at A-1 after the ride where door prizes were plentiful
What was once just your normal daily sounds of the outdoors on a Saturday became instantly a giant R-O-A-R as all sixty plus motorcycles cranked up ready to hit the road. You just had to grin at the sound because this is where the roar kicks in the loudest as riders rev the motors. It has your adrenaline flowing knowing its going to be a wonderful day. It is impressive, no doubt even to those who have never rode.
As the riders depart the parking lot in pairs, they head towards Kenai down the Spur for their first stop at the Rainbow Bar. After about an hour of mingling, snacking and looking at a few bikes outside, the group heads out to the next destination over Bridge Access to The Duck Inn. More mingling, more snacks and then down K-Beach to Sterling Highway to the Decanter Inn for some more goodies and free t-shirts for those within earshot. Then south to K-Beach and up to the Vagabond. Last stop was Hooligans Saloon before returning back to A-1. It must be said and credit given to all these proprietors of these establishments that accommodated all the riders and fed everyone. The riders stayed at each location close to an hour and that allowed everyone to keep fueled, socialize and meet new people.
Some went inside, sat and visited while others who elected to relax outside in the parking lot to soak up the sun and visit, reclined on the seat of their bike. This day was getting better and better as it went on.
One of the designated stops at the Decanter Inn
The final destination was back at the beginning in the back lot of A-1.
Food tables and refreshments were served and lines were forming to turn in your stamped cards and try your luck at a good poker hand, all for a good cause. Toyz for Totz. Prizes were awarded for best hands and chances to be eligible for a free Victory motorcycle. Many local businesses donated items to be given away as door prizes, from free oil, massages, gift certificates, hats, jackets, motorcycle accessories and plenty more. I think everyone went home with something.
It was a day that will make a difference to many local children in the next week. The impact will be phenomenal and maybe a few tears will be trickled down a cheek or two as a child opens a gift that they never expected to get. It makes a Christmas Day for many children who otherwise might not be as fortunate as you or I. It was a great thing that A-1 did and I know that a lot of the riders expressed it as being one of the better rides they’ve done on the peninsula. I am sure with the success of this first time poker run for A-1 that they will indeed entice you to ride again next summer. So, if you don’t own a bike, its time to get one so you too can help raise money to buy toyz for totz.
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