32 Years of Giving: It’s What We Do

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ATTENTION: ALL AREA MOTORCYCLISTS AND SUPPORTERS OF MOTORCYCLING

The DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run enters its 32nd year on Sunday, October 14, 2018. Thousands of motorcyclists will once again gather from multiple registration and collection points, all leading to a central staging area in Elburn for a fully escorted parade to Batavia. The parade is led by none other than Santa Claus, who will be joined by area lawmakers, including Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, himself an avid motorcyclist. Once on the event grounds, at the Batavia VFW on River Street, attendees will be treated to a day of music, food, and fun. Toy and food donations collected for this charity event will benefit 18+ local charities. Registration activities begin as early as 9:30 am and the event will draw to a close at 6:00 pm.

Anybody who misses this year’s event will miss out indeed.

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There’s something about seeing, hearing, and feeling all those motorcycles rolling into the parade staging area surrounding Knucklehead’s Tavern and Schmidt’s Towne Tap in Elburn. The people-watching opportunities alone are worth the price of admission, which is just $10 per person, plus an unwrapped new toy and/or a non-perishable food item. As all those bikes accumulate and the riders gather in anticipation of rolling out in parade formation, a live concert plays out right behind Knuckleheads, for the pleasure of all who gather round.

BAND=Joker's Rival

Performing in Elburn this year will be none other than Joker’s Rival, a local crowdpleaser who will be covering great songs by Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Cheap Trick, and more.

BAND=Eliminator

As the motorcycle parade concludes on the grounds of the Batavia VFW, attendees will be thoroughly entertained by The Eliminator Band, Chicagoland’s popular ZZ Top Tribute Band. Eliminator brings their act all over the country and can be sure to keep everyone on their feet!

BAND=Unforgiven

Also performing on the main stage at Batavia VFW will be Unforgiven, the one band that decidedly can turn any song into a Metallica tune. This band will rock you all day!

 [UPDATE: Due to illness, Unforgiven will be unable to appear on October 14. In their place, Chicagoland’s  great rock and roll band Centerfold will be performing classic rock hits and current pop favorites to the delight of the crowd.]

 

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The March of Flags presentation in conjunction with the Star Spangled Banner is among the most moving moments of the day. You have to experience it and see the faces of so many military veterans in attendance to understand. And of course, this being an election year, there will be politicians doing what they do best. But let us not forget what this annual DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run means to so many local charities that benefit from the generosity of so many people.

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When it comes to passing the hat and providing support to those in need, one would be hard pressed to find a more charitable sort than the motorcycling community. But while most motorcycle-oriented fundraising events are geared toward a single cause, the donations collected for the DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run will benefit 18 or more local charitable organizations immediately following the event.

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For each of these reasons and more, the DuKane A.B.A.T.E. Toy and Food Run is an event that you should not miss. Come by motorcycle, come by car, walk if you have to, but please join us on October 14 for this event.

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Kneeze in the Breeze: Weather Watch

Kneeze FlierWe have had some positively awesome Kneeze in the Breeze ride events over the years, some drier than others. It really is an awesome annual event, put on by the DuKane Chapter to raise money for its Downed Rider Fund. The route and destination change each year, which makes the run all the more interesting. 10410446_10201392084884211_1274440694523452056_n

This year’s run promises to be one for the books, if Ma Nature decides to play nice. Departing from Heritage Harley-Davidson in Lisle, the run covers over 140 miles, many of those miles following Historic Route 66, and winds up at Kick’s Bar and Grill in Towanda.

As we enter the weekend, the area weather forecast seems less than perfect. We hope it changes — it often does around here — but as always, the safety of our riders must come first. Therefore, we ask that all of our riders monitor our event web page OR our Facebook Event page OR our Twitter feed for last-minute updates. Again, WE WILL HAVE A FANTASTIC RIDE IF WEATHER PERMITS, but the safety of our riders is our first concern.

 

Inaugural ABC Event Proves Successful

BOD at ABCThe DuKane Chapter Board of Directors had wanted to replace their Laugh Into Spring comedy night event with something that would be new, fun, and interactive, all while raising money for the chapter’s Downed Rider Fund. Over the winter season, chapter VP Joe Barnes, along with fellow board members Linda Barnes and Chris Hansen, began toying with the idea of a bowling night. They researched and contacted area venues and then developed a slate of activities, fees, and prizes for such an event, ultimately creating what would be called the ABATE Bowling Classic or “ABC” held for the first time on March 30 of this year. But would anybody come to an after-hours bowling event being held by a motorcycle rights organization, and on Good Friday to boot?

 

As it turns out, over 50 bowlers participated in this inaugural event, raising hundreds of dollars for the Downed Rider Fund and making it likely that the ABC will be held again next year. We had younger bowlers, older bowlers, first-time bowlers, and seasoned pro tournament bowlers. All seemed to have a great time. The Brunswick Zone Glendale Heights Lanes provided friendly, efficient service while selling food and beverages to our participants.

 

As promised, a  9 Pin-No-Tap Tournament was held, on separate lanes from the just-for-fun bowling contingency. Our competition was graced by some pretty serious bowling talent. In fact, the tournament winner, Paul Kaminski, bowled a 300 (perfect game) to take first prize. Nice job, Paul!

The DuKane Chapter’s Downed Rider Fund was established in 2014 to help DuKane members and/or immediate family member(s) with an immediate financial need caused when the member is injured or killed while riding their motorcycle. Benefit recipients are not obligated to pay back the one-time disbursement, although some choose to do so. The DuKane Chapter holds at least one event per year for the sole purpose of raising money for the Downed Rider Fund.

Cute TowelMore photos from this event have been posted on the DuKane Chapter’s Facebook page, for your viewing pleasure. If you participated in our inaugural ABATE Bowling Classic, thank you for coming out! We hope to see even more bowlers there next year.

Information on future DuKane Chapter events can be found on the DuKane website Events page and regular updates will always be provided via our Facebook page and our Twitter feed.

Do you think you may be interested in joining DuKane ABATE? We’d love to hear from you! Visit our membership page now to learn more and download an application.

A Fundraiser as Easy as ABC

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The ABATE Bowling Classic is a first, something we at the DuKane Chapter have never done before. Replacing our annual Laugh into Spring comedy night, this after-hours bowling event promises a few hours of good old-fashioned fun.

Registration for this family-friendly event opens at 9:00 PM at the Brunswick Zone,  558 E North Avenue in Glendale Heights, and the bowling begins around 10:00 PM (after league bowling concludes). $15 will get you 2 games of bowling, including shoe rental, and an extra $10 will put you into a 9 Pin-No-Tap Tournament with the winner winning a cash prize! This event is open to all individuals and all proceeds raised will be going to the DuKane Downed Rider Fund.

Santa GirlsFood and beverages are available for purchase from the bowling alley. A couple of the ever-popular DuKane Santa Girls will be on-hand selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle. We hope you will consider joining us for a night of bowling, fun, and laughter, all for a very good cause.

Questions? Contact Chris Hansen, our Events Coordinator. Hope to see you there!

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Many New Things from DuKane ABATE

We’ve got a lot of new things going on in 2018 at the DuKane Chapter. These are just a few highlights.

New Website
WebsiteThe DuKane Chapter launched an all-new website this month. Be sure to check it out and please, share the new site with your friends too. This is a stand-alone site, with its own domain.

DuKane Blog
We’re sort of stating the obvious with this one, but along with the new website, we have a new blog. You can subscribe to updates or just follow us on social media, where we will be posting links to new posts on a regular basis.

NewsletterDuKane Newsletter
It’s back! Beginning with the February issue, the DuKane Chapter Newsletter is back in production and better than ever! Digital copies will always be made available for download via the Newsletter page of our website and a limited number of hard copies will be available for pickup at our monthly member meetings. Be sure to get yours!

February Member Meeting
IMG_0584Those who put up with the soggy weather were treated to an excellent meeting on February 20, which included an appearance by Jeff Keicher, a candidate for State Representative in the 70th district, who shared his thoughts on a variety of issues and fielded a number of questions from DuKane members. Chapter President Judy Kaenel shared the latest legislative news sent in by Amanda Gotte following the latest State BOD meeting in Springfield. Representatives of three IMG_0587upcoming events: the Southern DuPage ABATE annual Topless Tour on June 3 (link not available), Harley Fest of Illinois on June 16, and the Tim Jordan Memorial Ride on September 2. Tim’s parents also presented Judy with another donation from Tim Jordan Memorials to DuKane’s Downed Rider Fund at the meeting.

Our next member meeting will be Tuesday, March 20. Remember, ALL DuKane Chapter members (and their guests) are strongly encouraged to attend the monthly meetings.

That’s all for now! Please share this post with your friends!