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Passionate about motorcycles and seniors

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013 | Posted by

Cloverdalians Jane Doroff, left, and Marrianne McBride, President and CEO of Council on Aging. are looking forward to Saturday’s Summer Run. (Alvin Jornada)

Come out this Saturday, August 17, as the Redwood Empire Chapter Harley Owners’ Group (HOG) presents the 25th annual Summer Run to benefit the Council on Aging’s Meals on Wheels program.

An avid motorcyclist, Cloverdale’s Jane Doroff was working as the Director of Nutrition at the Council on Aging in 1998 when, during a brainstorming session, she came up with the idea of combining her love of motorcycles and her passion for seniors into a fundraiser.

From 1999 until 2004, she worked with Don Blodgett of Santa Rosa Vee-Twin to produce a motorcycle run.  He was also selling Indian motorcycles during this period so their first raffle in 2001 was for an Indian motorcycle.

In 2005, she approached the Redwood Empire Harley Owners Group. They were already doing a Summer Run for a different charity at the time, but agreed to adopt the Meals on Wheels program as their community outreach project.

Registration will take place Saturday morning from 8 to 10 a.m. at Michael’s Harley-Davidson, 7601 Redwood Dr. in Cotati. The $20 entry fee includes a Run pin, BBQ lunch, Poker Run, and Run raffle prizes.

The Run will end at Penngrove Park where there will be live music, a complete BBQ lunch for $10 per person, raffle prizes, t-shirts, vendors, games and more.

A 2013 Harley-Davidson Street Bob, donated in part by Michael’s Harley-Davidson, is the Grand Raffle prize. Tickets, available at Michael’s Harley-Davidson and the Council on Aging office, are 2 for $5. Winner does not need to be present to win.

New this year is a full color calendar produced by the HOG group featuring professional models as Pin-up Girls on Harleys for only $15. The calendars will be on sale at the park following the Run and the models will be on hand to autograph them.

Much to Doroff’s delight, the event continues to grow, drawing people from all over the Bay Area and raising an average of $30k each year.

Doroff, who still serves as volunteer coordinator of the event, says the percentage of seniors in Sonoma County is higher than the state average.

“I feel strongly about raising a voice to make sure they are not forgotten,” she says. “I have been passionate about advocating for seniors all my life and I don’t see that changing any time soon.”

For more information, contact Kate Taylor at the Council on Aging, 525-0143, Ext. 113

  • Victoria

    The event was a success!

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