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Richmond Moose Lodge Motorcycle Toy Run for Kids

October 610:30 am - 4:00 pm

Richmond Moose Lodge #2575 and the Michigan Dressers Motorcycle Club conduct their 32nd annual Toy Run for Kids
68230 Gratiot Ave. in Richmond.

The event will include a live band, food, cash bar and raffles. In addition to a brief parade of motorcycles and cars downtown, the public is welcome to stop by the Moose Lodge and support the event.

Admission is one new unwrapped toy or a $10 donation. Cash proceeds from the event will be used to build a wheelchair ramp for this year’s fundraising recipient. She is a 14-year-old Romeo girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy who loves school, playing with her 6-year-old sister, going to the mall and seeing movies.

Derrell Sloan, chairman of the upcoming toy drive and a member of Michigan Dressers Motorcycle Club, addressed the city council on Sept. 3. He said the club has been in existence since 1974 and have been at the Fraser VFW Hall the past 17 years.

“We are a very family-oriented club,” Sloan said. “We do this every year to raise money for a special family, and the Moose Lodge is going to be our home for a while. We’re not a motorcycle club that has its own clubhouse.”

Sloan, of New Baltimore, said he had chaired the Toy Run for Kids event for the past three years.

As an example of something the club supported in the past, he said five years ago the club raised $6,000 for a Fraser police officer with a child who was battling leukemia.

“With that being said and saying Richmond will be our home for a long time, next year we want to pick a Richmond family that has special needs for their child and raise money for that family,” Sloan said.

He invited the council members to come out on the day of the event and see what the Michigan Dressers Motorcycle Club is all about, no bike required.

“Are there going to be other bikers clubs there? Yes, there is, but it’s going to be a mild, fun, exciting day, so I encourage you all to come out meet us and see who we are since Richmond is our new home,” Sloan said.

Mayor Tim Rix asked if the club is members only, and Sloan said no; all in the community are invited to come out and check it out.

Rix then asked how many bikes they are expecting. Sloan said it is hard to say, but he is hoping for at least 100, maybe up to 200, but it likely depends on the weather.

Sloan said the ride route includes staying in Richmond for a 15-minute-to-20-minute ride. The route would include leaving Howard Street, heading to M-19 to School Section and back to M-19, then back to Grand Trunk.

Rix said the city would prefer the police department block the main intersections, particularly at 32 Mile Road and Main Street. He instructed Sloan to share the ride plan with City Manager Jon Moore so they can work out where the police support will be needed on the day of the event.

“We’d like to lend our support to the run and we love the idea that you’re here. The Dressers have a very good reputation for many, many years in Michigan,” Rix said.

Contacted after the meeting, Sloan said all of the toys collected at the fundraiser will go to the Moose Lodge charity that distributes them to area children in need during the holidays.

Sloan has been a member of the motorcycle club for six years and is chairing this event for the third year.

“This is very special to me, and I love doing this and helping out a family and the children who need it,” Sloan said. “And after this event is done, we’ll be looking for a local child in Richmond whose family we can help out next time.”

For more information, call 586-727-5660.