Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Zoo Run Safari for Children's Bike Show/Raffle/Auction

Written by  December 1, 2018

On Saturday, November the 3rd, 2018, the American Legion Post # 107 in Leeds Alabama, along with Cycle Connections, hosted the inaugural "Zoo Run for Children's" Bike Show/ Raffle/ Auction, benefiting Children's of Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders.


  The Bike Show was part 2 of the Zoo Run Safari for Children's event that was on September the 29th that hosted several Stars’ and their families from around the area. That was a day to give to those kids this one day to just be a kid, the bike show/raffle was to help us to bring in a little more in the way of donations for Children's of Alabama.

  We were overwhelmed by the support we received from so many business's when we started the process of gathering donations and items for this raffle that we were able to use several of them as gifts to give to the families on the day of the ride, and this day, we got to raffle and auction off the rest.

  It was a beautiful day, all be it a little cool when it started, it did warm up nicely, however, there were a few other things going on this day as well so the turn out for the bike show was much less than expected to say the least. Thankfully, there were those who pulled a double duty day and came by to be with us after their early morning event, which we appreciated very much, there was also an Alabama football game later in the afternoon, which really didn't affect us as it was on there at the post, cold brew and all!

  The Central Alabama Food Truck Alliance supplied us with a Pizza truck and a Funnel Cake truck, so we all were fed very well and everyone really enjoyed that, just sorry they didn't have more people to feed.

  The "Spyder" group that brought probably the largest group out for the ride with the kids had several of them to show up for the bike show as well, we love these guys!

  We turned to Quality Trophy in Trussville once again to make the trophies for this bike show, no one else we would trust with that task as they make really nice QUALITY Trophies, with a marble base, making them quite hefty, and the flame columns and bikes on the top make them a highly sought after award. With the low turn out we had, we only got to give away about half of them.

  Paula & Todd Swafford brought "Bumble Bee" (the car) out for us, we love seeing them and everyone LOVES that car, and the little transformers she sets out around him just complete the picture. way cool! But this time around, Todd also brought his bike and entered it into the show and took home the trophy for the "Touring" class!! Paula took home the "Fan Favorite Ride" trophy, as she does quite often, but this was Todd's very first with the bike. Congrats Todd and glad we could be your first! :-)

  Congrats to Terry Jones with his "Harley" win and Chris Lang with his "Banging Bagger" win! And Charles Milligan took home the "Fan Favorite" trophy! Congrats to you all.

  Charles also won the 50/50 draw that he so generously donated back to Children's of Alabama. We found out later, that Charles had his own battle with cancer so the cause was very close to his heart, and he really touched ours.

  There were door prizes given away every 30 minutes after the show started registration, and continued on up until we started the raffle, so people were getting all kind of cool give-aways before we ever even got started! Cool things from: Next Levl game room with 8-V.I.P passes

Tree Top Family Adventures with 2-V.I.P passes

Jim-N-Nicks BBQ in Trussville - $20.00 gift card

Miller's Soda Shoppe in Oneonta- $20.00 gift card

El Cazador Mexican Restaurant in Trussville- 4- $10 gift certificates

Rider's Harley-Davidson in Trussville - 2- T-shirts

Miller Beer - 2- T-Shirts

Snap On Tools - Breast Cancer Hats from Ken Weekly

Face Masks from Jeff Denney

  Then it was time for the raffle. The raffle everyone was waiting on however (the Booze Raffle) had to wait until last. 

  Raffle tickets sold for: $5.00 for 3 tickets, same for the booze raffle.

Buffalo Wild Wings in Trussville - $25.00 gift card

Swamp Tails Restaurant in Oneonta - $25.00 gift card

  1. W Bar & Grill  (formerly known as Pounder's) in Oneonta- $25.00 gift card/kids eat free

Rider's Harley-Davidson in Trussville - Beach Blanket

Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine - T- Shirt & 2 Koozies

Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson in Pelham - H.D. Door Decor

Starbucks - Bag of Coffee & a Mug

A Black Bag (woman's)- donated by Nancy Ryan

O'Reiley Auto Parts in Centerpoint - Bucket filled with all you would need for a car & tire wash

Advanced Auto Parts in Trussville- Bucket filled with 2 pink Browning seat covers, Gallon of Degreaser, - Pig/key chain lights, air fresheners, and terry applicator pads.

  Next up were the Auction items from:

Heart of Dixie Harley-Davidson in Pelham - H.D Performance Eyewear by Wiley

Valley Pottery – handmade bowl by Susan Moore

Dunlop Rear Motorcycle Tire donated by Bates H.D Sales in Oneonta

Seven Zero Full-Face Helmet donated by Cycle Connections

Corbin Farms & Winery - 2 bottles of wine, 2- glasses, 2 wine tasting tours, sticky note pads & pens and a discount coupon for a future purchase of a bottle of wine & a cork screw to open them.

Our jewelry vendor, Melisa Leopard and her husband, not only came from about an hour away, but also donated a beautiful stain glass piece for the auction.

   Wind Creek Casino in Wetumka – 2- night stay that included dinner for 2

Porter Cable 20V Lithium ION Drill from Lowes in Trussville.

  Then it was time for the long awaited Booze Raffle, it was no wonder as this was a really BIG, AWESOME DEAL!

  There was a Basket, donated by Kim Mangham-Bare Lare with L.A.H Real Estate that had a bottle of wine, glasses and an assortment of other little things,

  An assorted Wine Basket with 4 bottles of wine and 2 glasses

A Booze Bundle generously donated by Jones Advantage Cabinet and Trim that included such goodies as a bottle of Crown, Jose', Vodka and Jack, Wow!

  The star of the Booze Raffle though was the monster basket filled with liquor that included, A bottle of Black Rum, Jager & 2 shot glasses donated by Cycle Connections, a bottle of Tequila donated by Thunder Inn, a bottle of Vodka donated by the riders of the American Legion Post # 171, and the big daddy of them all, a 1/2 gallon of Wild Turkey from the riders of the American Legion Post # 107..... REALLY ..WOW!!

  Thanks to all of you who came out to show your love, support and your generosity to Children's of Alabama. And even though the turn out was low, we still managed to raise a little over $1,000, mostly generated by the booze raffle I'm sure, and that brought the total amount raised, including the ride to a little over $4,000 that we were able to present to Children's of Alabama and we look forward to doing it all over again next year!