October 2, 2008 issue

High Country Toy Run October 11

It’s All About Helping the Children

Story by Sarah Royall

Everyone is invited to the 4th Annual High Country Toy Run on Saturday, October 11, at the Boone Mall. This event is open to everyone in the community, not just motorcyclists. Although the ride itself is for folks on bikes, everyone can place bids for items in the silent auction. Some of those items are a national championship football signed by ASU coach Jerry Moore, a ceiling fan donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement, numerous gift cards from local businesses, pottery bowls, tabletop grills and much more.

The focus is on children and raising money to provide them with Christmas presents this year. All proceeds from the event will be used to provide less fortunate children with toys, hats, gloves, clothing and personal items this holiday season.

The Toy Run was originally established to raise money to buy Christmas presents for children whose parents were incarcerated in the Watauga County jail. The focus has since expanded to help children at The Crossnore School, the Eckerd Camp, children living in Bradford Park and families living in the community who are in the midst of financial hardship. The event has grown every year. The first Toy Run raised approximately $1,400; last year, the proceeds were close to $7,000. This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 for the children.

The Peacemakers became Chapter 674 of the Christian Motorcyclists Association and were chartered in Boone in July 2001. They, along with the Watauga County Chapter of the American Red Cross, sponsor this annual ride and auction.

Registration for the ride is from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 11, at the Boone Mall where the ride will begin and end. Personnel from the Boone Police Department and the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office will escort the riders who will leave the mall at approximately 11:45 a.m. The length of the ride is approximately one and one-half hours. Riders will cruise down N.C. Highway 194 through Todd to U.S. Highway 221 before returning to the mall for the raffle and door prize drawing and lunch.

The entrance fee for riders is a new toy worth at least $20 or a $20 donation. Riders will receive a short-sleeved T-shirt, a door prize ticket and a meal provided by Bandana’s.

If you want to make a donation but are unable to attend the event, a toy/gift drop box is located in the lobby of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office at 184 Hodges Gap Road in Boone. Businesses can help by donating a prize for the raffle or silent auction. Monetary donations are greatly appreciated as well.

For more information on this event or to make a contribution, contact Kris Fowler at 828-265-0950.


Want To Go?

Date: Saturday, October 11
Time: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. registration/11:45 departure
Location: Boone Mall
Cost: $20 donation or a new toy valued at $20