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Toy Run another hit for Brunswick County bikers, kids

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run was a successful one, organizer Jerome Munna said this week.

The enthusiasts shopped with 80 children, a smaller number than usual due to a strain on the economy, he said.

“We hope to still help with a couple of scholarships this year,” Munna said.

Bill Carter of Holden Beach won the fundraising raffle of a 2009 Harley Davidson Crossbones.

The group bought the motorcycle at Cape Fear Harley Davidson in Fayetteville at a discounted price. The store also provided two Harley Davidson jackets for enthusiasts to raffle, as well as a box of giveaway items for those who registered.

“They are a major sponsor for us and have been since we started raffling off a motorcycle,” Munna said.

This year, 120 motorcycles and 27 classic cars participated in the poker run.

“It was pretty cold that morning, but it didn't seem to bother the riders because they knew it was for a great cause,” Munna said.

The run started and finished at Walmart in Shallotte, which also donated $1,000 to the Toy Run. Many customers came by and made donations, Munna said.

The Cape Fear Cruisers of Southport and Tri-Beach Cruisers of Shallotte, the Bill Tripp Classic Cars Guys and others entered their vehicles for the run and made a combined donation of $3,800.

Steve Evans of Supply won a bike trailer donated by Don and Cheryl Carson of A1 Hitch and Trailer Sales in Supply, who have donated a trailer to the Toy Run ever since it began. Leroy Helton of Supply won the 50/50 drawing and donated nearly half of that money back to the Toy Run.

Capt. Charlie Wilson of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office donated a half-day fishing trip on his Easy Times Fishing Charters to be auctioned.

Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. donated several prizes, and Ocean Isle Inn gave a two-night stay in an oceanfront suite to the poker hand winner. They have done this for 10 years.

Members of the Concerned Bikers Association were on hand to help with registration and setup.