5th Annual Mel Perks Motorcycle Run Scheduled for July 29


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Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care

The Mel Perks Motorcycle Run to benefit Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care will take place on Saturday, July 29th at The Vegas Pad Restaurant, 1064 Route 394, Kennedy, NY. Chris and Rick Rolls, new owners of the establishment, are pleased to carry on the tradition of the run, which has raised over $38,000 to date for CHPC.

The Rolls will be collaborating this year with Bikers of America Supporting our Heroes, also known as B.A.S.H., a non-profit group that supports military veterans, their families, and veteran organizations.

The day will begin with coffee and doughnuts at 9am with registration being held until 10:45am at the BASH tent at the Vegas Pad. Free will donations will be accepted as registration fees for the ride. The run will start with Kickstands up promptly at 11:00am when the BASH crew will lead a beautiful and scenic ride through the countryside.

The day’s schedule will include stops at the new Villaggio Restaurant in Ellicottville and the Bear Brick in Little Valley. The afternoon activities include raffles and a Chinese auction. Live music will be provided by the band “Steel Horse” at 3:00pm on the patio, followed by “Creating a Sinner.”

The event is not just for motorcycle riders. Great music, prizes and food make it a fun Saturday afternoon for all adults.

This will be the fifth annual benefit in memory of Perks who died in 2012, after a brief illness. Perks was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam. He was employed by the former Jamestown Sterlingworth for 20 years, where he retired as plant manager. He later owned the Frewsburg News Room and Mel’s Place in Falconer. His friends and family, who also assist with the coordination of the event each year, choose to donate the proceeds from the memorial to Chautauqua Hospice and Palliative Care in appreciation for the care and support that he received from the agency during his illness.

The mission of Chautauqua Hospice & Palliative Care is to provide end of life education and care in Chautauqua County. CHPC provides hospice care for patients and families facing life-limiting terminal illness, as well as palliative care for those with serious chronic illness. For more information, visit www.CHPC.care or call 716-338-0033.