Mel Perks Memorial Motorcycle Run Raises $3,781 for Hospice

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(L to R): Harvey Lauritson, CHPC President; CEO Shauna Anderson; and Amy Anderson
(L to R): Harvey Lauritson, CHPC President; CEO Shauna Anderson; and Amy Anderson

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Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care

Samuel Derby Post 556 played host recently to the 6th Annual Mel Perks Motorcycle Run to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care. The popular event is held each year in memory of Perks, a local business owner and US Army Veteran who served in Vietnam.

Participants raised $3781.30 this year, bringing the six-year event total to $46,035.

“Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care would like to thank the organizers, participants and area businesses who made the Rally a success,” said Shauna Anderson, President & CEO of CHPC. “Their generosity and enthusiasm for our mission has provided valuable support for the care we provide the residents of Chautauqua County.”

Event organizers also offer special thanks the following individuals for their help making this year’s Run a success: Harvey and Jan Lauritson, Laurie Swanson, Chris Alabaugh, Tammy Whalen, Rick Johnson for leading the pack, Chip Wenzel for his chicken barbecue, Shannon Hotchkiss for bartending, local bands “The Geezers” and “Shut Up Jesse” and host Frewsburg American Legion Post 556.