Local 1297 Hosts Annual ‘Ride For The Guide’

Nearly 300 Years: Delbert Fruth, 89, Ed Souder 83, John Groves, 74, and Dick Zerger, 74, rode the entire 100 miles in their second Ride for the Guide. All plan to return for next year’s event.

Members of Local 1297 in Ashland, OH, held their 19th annual “Ride for the Guide” to benefit Guide Dogs of America (GDA). Nearly 550 riders, members and friends participated in the 100-mile poker run.

The event raised more than $10,000, which will provide guide dogs and instruction in their use – free of charge – to blind and visually-impaired men and women in the United States and Canada.

Volunteers from Local 1297, led by President Fred Confer, prepared more than 500 pounds of BBQ to serve at the rally. The event also included contests, drawings and live music.

Local 1297 President Fred Confer serves up pulled pork at the 19th Annual Ride for the Guide.


“Thanks to the members and volunteers, this event continues to be successful,” said Confer. “Their hard work and efforts on behalf of GDA offset the effects the economy has had on participation.”

Riders and attendees had an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win a special Donnie Smith Custom Harley-Davidson 2010 FLHX Street Glide that was on display at the event. Raffle tickets for the custom bike are still available at www.guidedogsofamerica.org. Proceeds benefit GDA. The drawing will be held November 20, 2010 at the annual Guide Dogs Banquet in Las Vegas. Winner need not be present.


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