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ABATE gearing up for Adopt-A-Family

By Staff | Nov 23, 2009

The Caloosahatchee Chapter of ABATE of Florida Incor-porated, a motorcycle group who promotes motorcyclists safety, is in the process of raising funds and choosing families for its 15th annual Adopt-A-Family program.
The last big fund-raiser for the Adopt-A-Family program, Beaver Moon Run, will be held Saturday, Nov. 28, at 4:30 p.m., with the starting and ending location at Paradise Tiki Hut,1502 Miramar St., in Cape Coral.
Food and music will also be available after the run is finished at the Paradise Tiki Hut.
Ray Gordon, vice president of the Caloosahatchee Chapter of ABATE, said the run will end when the last bike arrives at Paradise Tiki Hut, which costs $10 per rider and $5 for each additional passenger.
Those interested can also register on the day of the event.
“Every bit of proceeds will go towards the Adopt-A-Family program and the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida,” he said.
Anybody can participate in the scavenger hunt run, Gordon said, adding that “all walks of life on two wheels” can come out and participate in the fund-raising event.
The ABATE chapter asks those who wish to attend the Beaver Moon Run to bring a non-perishable food item with them for the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
“We realize there are so many people in need, so we have joined forces with the Harry Chapin Food Bank,” Tammey Amodea, an ABATE lifetime member, said about this year’s event.
Amodea has worked with the Adopt-A-Family program for the past four years. She said the effort began because a group of motorcyclists from the community wanted to do something personable for those who needed extra help.
She said the Adopt-A-Family program provides the chapter an opportunity to see firsthand the expression and appreciation individuals experience when items are donated to them.
The chapter currently has four families who have already completed their applications and two more that are pending.
Gordon said the ABATE chapter will help eight families who are in need this year.
Amodea said the weekend after Thanksgiving a committee will sit down and review applications for the Adopt-A-Family program.
She said she wants people to give the chapter an opportunity to help a family out by letting them know exactly what they are in need of.
“We have, at times, adopted up to 11 families,” Amodea said, adding that on average the group adopts somewhere between six to eight families every year.
The Adopt-A-Family program will take place Saturday, Dec. 19, to provide those who are less fortunate a special Christmas.
Gordon said it is a fantastic event that touches everyone who is involved.
Anyone who knows someone who lives in the city limits of Cape Coral who may need help can call Gordon at (239) 339-7294 or Amodea at (239) 424-0204.
For more information about the Beaver Moon Run, call Gordon at (239) 339-7294.