Rain falls but bikers roar in annual Broward toy run for needy children with Rep Allen West

By Mike Clary, Sun Sentinel

A little rain fell Sunday, but scattered showers hardly dampened the spirits or silenced the engines of tens of thousands motorcyclists who roared across Broward County in the 24th annual Toys in the Sun Run.

“It’s the camaraderie of the thing,” said Laura Doan, 48, a Hallandale businesswoman who donned a red and white Christmas outfit for the ride on her purple Honda Magna. “I love to get together with all these people, and it’s for a good cause.”

The cause was the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood and toys for needy South Florida children. In a normal year, the event draws about 30,000 bikers who help raise up to $600,000. The event is organized by the Wings of Gold Motorcycle Club of Fort Lauderdale, and supported by dozens of other clubs and corporate sponsors.

Among the notables who rode the 22-miles from the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale to Markham Park in Sunrise were U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Plantation, and Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski.

“We believe God must love bikers because he has a lot of angels busy looking out for us,” said Wenski, who rides a Harley-Davidson Street Glide.


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