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‘Blessing of the Bikes’ raises money for Special Olympics

Bikers that participated in the Blessing of the Bikes event. (Photo by Alli Merrill)

JAY - On May 20, 40-plus motorcycle enthusiasts participated in the inaugural Blessing of the Bikes, followed by a benefit ride, BBQ, and dance for the Special Olympics. Twenty-five bikes and a bright green jeep were blessed by Father Paul Dumais at the St. Rose of the Lima Church. The blessing was followed by a ride and Poker Run through Jay and surrounding communities.

Thank you to Jay Police Department for blocking traffic at the beginning of the ride, Bouffard’s Furniture and Flying Pond Variety for being such great hosts during this event. Big thank you, to the Lane-Dube Amvet Post #33 for allowing use of its hall to host the BBQ, silent auction, 50/50 and dance.

A donation of $1,300 for Special Olympics was presented to Amvet Post #33 Commander, George St. Pierre, and Gary Desjardins, Special Olympics representative for the post, by David Merrill and some of the riders in the event.

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  1. That was very klnd of the riders to donate the money raised for Special Olmpice and Thank You to Fr.Dumas for blessing the bikes

  2. .These riders are not affiliated with any organized group. They enjoy riding for events and non-profit organizations where all the proceeds benefit the charity. They would like to make this an annual event. The raffle items donated by the community for this inaugural event were phenomenal.

    We would like to thank each and every one of you. See list below.

    Pearls In The Pines, Aubuchon Hardware Farmington, Curl up & Dye, Riverbend Campground, Cousineau’s Lumber, Collin’s Cake and Bake, Tracy’s Kitchen, Mosher’s Seafood, Longfellow’s Restaurant, Duoin’ s Market, Good Times Unlimited, Tranten’s Grocery, Sillanpaa’s Trading Post, Comfort Inn and Suites Wilton, End of the Rainbow, East Side Firewood, Smitty’s Tree Service, Hammond Lumber Farmington, Riverside Greenhouse, Narrow Gauge Cinema, Red Barn Restaurant, Hannaford, Farmington, Jack’s trading Post, Farmington Tire, Paparazzi by Amity, Olympia Sports, Marco Grimaldi Concrete, Mallard Mart, Lafluer’s Restaurant, Western Auto, Pine Tree Orthopedics, The Lunch Pad, Fitness Styles, T&L Auto, Hannaford, Jay, Bessey Design, Chuck Wagon Restaurant, Label Shopper Jay, Merrill Home Inspections, Riverside Kwik Stop, Rick Wells, Motor Supply Farmington, Flower Barn, Jordan Lumber, Meagan Hayes, Fluer-de-lis, Kim’s Kreations, Paris Farmer’s Union, Jay, Lularoe with Julia and Sarah, Dan & Scott’s Cremation and Funeral Services, Arkay Pizza, A Serendipity Moment, Matco Distributors Belgrade, Leon Volinsky, Napa Wilton, The Country Mutt, Memco, Susan White, Motor Supply Livermore Falls, Kathy and Todd Hargraves, O’Reilly’s Farmington, Kristen Fournier/Alli Merrill, Sue & Erika Fournier, Finley’s Funeral Home

    Rick Olsen donated his 50/50 winnings and Sam Thompson donated his Poker Ru winnings back to the funds.

    All left over food was packaged and delivered to the Western Maine Homeless Outreach in Farmington

  3. This is an awesome group of people who love their communities. There will be more rides of this nature to benefit many different services in Franklin County..