Mel Perks Memorial Motorcycle Run Raises $10,000 For Hospice And Palliative Care

KENNEDY – The second annual Mel Perks Memorial Motorcycle Run, sponsored by Levant Motors and The Pad in Kennedy, was a rousing success according to organizers Al and Patty Sutter. Over 112 motorcycles took part in the event to honor the memory of Mel Perks, a local businessman and Vietnam veteran who died in 2012.

Free-will donations generated in lieu of registration fees from the bikers totaled $2,000. When the tally was done at the end of the day volunteers counted $9,924 as a total. The Sutters then added the remaining $76 to the pot to reach an even $10,000, more than double the amount collected at last year’s inaugural run.

“I’ll be darned if we weren’t going to hit the $10,000 mark,” Patty Sutter said.

A chicken barbecue, auctions and live music by bands Day Old Soup, Steele Horse and Tim and Russ rounded out the day’s events.

The organizers were extremely impressed by the generosity of the community and participants who came together. The Sutters wish to recognize all of the many donors, volunteers and participants, some coming from as far away as Buffalo, stating that there were far too many to list individually.

“Thank you to all the fantastic people and businesses that supported this great cause. Without all of you we could not have done it,” Patty Sutter said.

The Sutters are so pleased with the outpouring of support, they expect to repeat the fundraiser next year.

“We’re already planning next year’s event and Hospice and Palliative Care will be the beneficiary again,” Patty Sutter said.

Hospice and Palliative Care of Chautauqua County specializes in care and services for individuals and their families in the community who are dealing with life limiting and terminal illnesses. Their team-based approach attempts help those individuals live to the fullest extent possible until the end of life. Community support enables care to be given to any individual or family, regardless of their insurance coverage or ability to pay. For more information about their programs, contact the Lakewood office at 338-0033.