(Marietta, Ohio, May 4, 2009) - Imagine 100 teddy bears going for a scenic ride in the country on the back of fifty motorcycles. The Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund, the local chapter of the Gold Wing Road Riders and Marietta Memorial Hospital have scheduled the 16th annual summer Teddy Bear Run for Saturday, May 9.
The Teddy Bear Run participants will assemble at noon at the Hometown Honda State Rt. 7 North, located between Marietta & Reno, Ohio. The ride will begin at 1:00 with a scenic ride through Washington County and ending around 2:00 at Marietta Memorial Hospital with a presentation of the stuffed animals to a MMH representative. The run will end at Marietta Memorial Hospital with refreshments and a 50/50 drawing for the riders. At that time the donation of the teddy bears will be presented to a representative of The Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund.
The Marietta Area Teddy Bear Fund provides over 1,000 stuffed animals annually to both area hospitals to children, ages 6 months to 12 years old, admitted into the hospital or traumatized cases in the ER. Anyone interested in making a donation or learning more about the fund can contact Anna Vukovic, director of volunteer services at Marietta Memorial Hospital at (740) 374-1778.
The public is invited to participate in the run and all makes of motorcycles are welcome. There is no fee; each rider is expected to purchase a new teddy bear to take on the run and donate to the fund. Last year, the event 60 motorcycles and over 100 people from twelve different motorcycle clubs participated. For more information about the run, contact: John and Dee Ayers at 896-3073 or Sam and Virginia Sadler at 984-2297.
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