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September 25, 2012

Bikers raise more than $200,000 to end childhood hunger

MULHALL, Okla. — Joe Vielma and Dee Wynn lifted a weathered prep table over one of the chuckwagon’s wheels and hooked it into place.

Wynn rolled a fire ring into place, filled it with logs and soon the aroma of hickory and fresh coffee danced along Main Street on Sunday morning.

A few feet away, tribe members of the Pawnee Nation had put up their ceremonial teepee. Littlesun Dance Troupe donned Native American dance outfits.

The troupe would perform several dances during an educational demonstration, Morgan Littlesun said.

Across Main Street at Lucille’s     restaurant, an antique hit-and-miss gas engine rattled and wheezed as it churned vanilla ice cream.

This was the prelude to the main event.

Soon, bikers riding Harleys, Triumphs and other motorcycle brands would rumble into Mulhall, and park their rides for a comfort stop.

Mulhall and Lucille’s were the pit stop for Stan Miller’s Ride Against Childhood Hunger. The fundraiser started at 7 a.m. in Oklahoma City. It concluded Sunday afternoon at Forman Harley-Davidson in Stillwater.

More than 500 bikers participated in the event, which raised money for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s childhood hunger programs. Sunday’s event raised $108,780. The first $100,000 was matched by the food bank, which brought the total to $208,780.

“That’s a tremendous amount of money,” Lucille’s owner Don Harman said.

 

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