Tenth annual Pawker Run revving up

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

Now celebrating its tenth year of helping homeless and neglected four-legged friends, this year's ride is shaping up to be quite the event, say Pawker Run organizers. PROVIDED

Rev up those hogs and rockets and get ready to put the wind in your face.
The annual Pawker Run benefit motorcycle ride for the Frances R. Willis SPCA and Animal Shelter is coming up Sept 14.
Now celebrating its tenth year of helping homeless and neglected four-legged friends, this year's ride is shaping up to be quite the event, say Pawker Run organizers.
The registration/donation fee is $20 per participant and includes a high quality, completely redesigned t-shirt, a well-stocked gift bag, and a barbecue dinner and homemade dessert at the end of the ride, Event Coordinator/Chairman Chuck Botts said.
In addition, members of the Hunley Camp #143 will be on hand at the Shrine Club with a full-sized replica of the Hunley on display. 
Music will be provided by local rock band the Double Nought Spies.
Numerous prizes will be on hand and giveaways will be going on throughout the day, he said.
The Pawker Run features ten stops along a roughly 75-mile route; two of those stops, the Frances R. Willis Animal Shelter and Lowcountry Harley Davidson are mandatory. Riders need at least five lottery draws to make an official lottery hand; with ten stops a rider can double his or her chances of drawing a winning hand, Botts said.
At two of the stops there are even “wild draw” chances, which further ups the rider's chances of finishing the run with a winning hand, Botts said.
Botts noted that the event could not be done without the hard working, generous volunteers from such organizations as the Frances Willis SPCA, Kapstone employees, H.L. Hunley Camp #143, and Junior Service League of Summerville.
Frances R. Willis SPCA Board Chairman Andy Shepherd agreed, adding the organization's heartfelt thanks to the volunteers, donors, sponsors, participants, and the entire Dorchester County community.
“We greatly appreciate the continued support of our community for donations, sponsorships and attendance of our fundraising events -- especially the Pawker Run -- as it is one of our biggest fundraisers of the year,” Shepherd said. “Without the community's support, we would not be able to meet our mission of feeding the hungry, shelter the homeless, fight overpopulation, reunite lost pets with owners, and find loving forever homes for as many stray animals as possible.”
Shepherd also added that one does not have to ride a motorcycle to come out and enjoy the event and encouraged the community to come out and enjoy the day's activities.
“It's fun for the whole family – and we'd certainly love to help you find a new furry family member as well,” he noted.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Dorchester Shrine Club, located at Beech Hill Road in Summerville. The ride is from 11 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and starts and ends at the Shrine Club. Prize awards, dinner, and entertainment will follow.
Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 15.
For more information call 871-3820 or go to the website at http://www.summervillespca.org.

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