Claremore Daily Progress

September 12, 2012

Bikes and Blues: Rogers County United Way kicks off 2012 campaign

Tom Fink
Staff Reporter

CLAREMORE — Rogers County United Way will kickoff their 2012 fundraising campaign with a free outdoor concert from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday at Ne-Mar Center in Claremore.

This year’s kickoff theme will be “Bikes and Blues” and will feature the musical group “Sunday Moan.”  
This year’s goal is $500,000. A goal towards which Rogers County United Way launches with Thursday’s kickoff concert/event.
Activities for children are planned. The will be tie-dyed shirts, a magician, a balloon artist and more for children of all ages. 
Motorcyclists are encouraged to come and display their rides for the enjoyment and appreciation of the community; and persons with vintage and classic cars are also encouraged to come and display their vehicles.
Restaurants are also available in Ne-Mar to provide food and drink, and there will be a concession stand with popcorn and cotton candy set up. Proceeds from sales will benefit the Rogers County United Way. 
Additionally, United Way member agencies will be on-hand to showcase their activities in the community, distribute literature, and inform the public about the importance and role of the United Way, and the “2012 Campaign Trailblazers” will  be introduced. 
The “Trailblazers” are companies who have already conducted United Way campaigns to jump start the fund raising, among them, Rogers County Abstract, RCB Bank, Summit Rehab, Claremore Compounding and J&J Pharmacy.  
“Folks are invited to come out to enjoy the carnival atmosphere of the evening, the concert, and the motorcycles, to help get the 2012 United Way campaign off to a wonderful start,” said Donna Ross, RCUW executive director.
Following shortly after Thursday’s kickoff will be the first annual Bikes & Blues Poker Run, just the thing for motorcycle enthusiasts looking for a fun event which also raises money for a good cause. Scheduled for Saturday: registration for the Bikes & Blues Poker Run starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Claremore VFW, with the first bike out at 11:30 a.m. and the last bike out at noon.
Riders may purchase their playing cards at $5 per hand, or buy four hands and get the fifth for free, with $500 as the top prize offered, to go to the rider with the highest overall hand.
There will be seven stops on the route with the first stop being the VFW; two stops will be bonus stops that the riders can use to throw out his or her lowest numbers.  
A few of the stops include the Ice House in Inola, Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Dam Saloon in Oologah and Greybeards in Collinsville.  30 minutes will be allowed at each stop with the last bike back at the VFW by 5 p.m.
The event will conclude with a silent auction and $5 meal cookout with all proceeds to benefit the Rogers County United Way.
The 2012 Rogers County United Way kickoff event is sponsored by RCB Bank, BancFirst, Melton Sales, Ne-Mar Shopping Center and Grand Bank.  
Other upcoming events will include the Rogers County United Way Annual Golf Tournament, the Chocolate Affaire and the Holiday Boutique, with details of each to be released at a later date. The 2012 Rogers County United Way campaign co-chairs are Dalayna Trease of Summit Physical Therapy and Rehab Center and Matt Streeter, of RCB Bank.