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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERPCFLV-0007 In front, Sam Mackaravitz from Emmaus and Vanessa Stauffer, both cancer warriors. In back from left, Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Blacksheep chapter members; “Bubblehead” (road captain), “Kroker,” “Duie” (state rep.), “Rotgut,” “Backdraft” (sergeant at arms), and “Ubu” (vice president). Copyright - © Ed Courrier PRESS PHOTOS BY ED COURRIERPCFLV-0007 In front, Sam Mackaravitz from Emmaus and Vanessa Stauffer, both cancer warriors. In back from left, Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Blacksheep chapter members; “Bubblehead” (road captain), “Kroker,” “Duie” (state rep.), “Rotgut,” “Backdraft” (sergeant at arms), and “Ubu” (vice president). Copyright - © Ed Courrier
PCFLV bookkeeper Cathy Rawlings and daughter Emma prepare for a trip around the parking lot with “Rotgut” and “Bubblehead.” Emma Rawlings, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, is a public relations intern at PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier PCFLV bookkeeper Cathy Rawlings and daughter Emma prepare for a trip around the parking lot with “Rotgut” and “Bubblehead.” Emma Rawlings, a student at California University of Pennsylvania, is a public relations intern at PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
The Blacksheep give PCFLV volunteers a ride around the parking lot prior to embarking on the day’s poker run. Copyright - © Ed Courrier The Blacksheep give PCFLV volunteers a ride around the parking lot prior to embarking on the day’s poker run. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
“Rotgut,” at right, gives the ‘thumbs up’ for the PCFLV Poker Run to begin. The tour began and ended at the East Penn Diner. At left, “Duie,” who handles public relations for the Blacksheep chapter. Copyright - © Ed Courrier “Rotgut,” at right, gives the ‘thumbs up’ for the PCFLV Poker Run to begin. The tour began and ended at the East Penn Diner. At left, “Duie,” who handles public relations for the Blacksheep chapter. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
The bikers head out onto Chestnut Street in Emmaus on their way to Hannah’s Hanover Inn, the first stop on the IOMC Poker Run to benefit PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier The bikers head out onto Chestnut Street in Emmaus on their way to Hannah’s Hanover Inn, the first stop on the IOMC Poker Run to benefit PCFLV. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
From left, PCFLV staff, Lori Ferrazzoli, Tracy Stauffer, Emma Rawlings, cancer warrior Sam Mackaravitz, and Ody Draklellis, who co-owns the East Penn Diner along with his brother George. Copyright - © Ed Courrier From left, PCFLV staff, Lori Ferrazzoli, Tracy Stauffer, Emma Rawlings, cancer warrior Sam Mackaravitz, and Ody Draklellis, who co-owns the East Penn Diner along with his brother George. Copyright - © Ed Courrier
Dean Ritter from Orefield, an independent “lone wolf” biker, only rides for charity events. “It’s very, very rewarding,” said Ritter, a cancer survivor, “The people are the nicest people in the world.” Copyright - © Ed Courrier Dean Ritter from Orefield, an independent “lone wolf” biker, only rides for charity events. “It’s very, very rewarding,” said Ritter, a cancer survivor, “The people are the nicest people in the world.” Copyright - © Ed Courrier

Poker run benefits pediatric cancer foundation

Monday, September 25, 2017 by Ed Courrier Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

A poker run hosted by the Iron Order Motorcycle Club (IOMC) raised money for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley (PCFLV) July 22. Riders primarily from the Berks County-based Blacksheep chapter enjoyed sunshine and moderate temperatures for a scenic drive that began at the East Penn Diner on Chestnut Street in Emmaus. After stopping off at Hannah’s Hanover Inn, Little Oley Tavern and Bally Hotel, the bikers returned to the diner.

Ody Draklellis, who co-owns the East Penn Diner along with his brother George, hosted a classic car show for PCFLV in 2016 and was eager to help out again with the poker run.

“I love to do whatever it takes to help people out,” said Draklellis as he had sandwiches prepared for the event volunteers.

Each biker goes by a road name to preserve privacy. “Duie,” the ‘state rep’ for the IOMC Blacksheep chapter said, “Each chapter is required to have a charity in their charter,” for membership in this national motorcycle club. The Blacksheep have supported the PCFLV, “for the last six or seven years,” according to “Duie.”

Dean Ritter from Orefield, an independent “lone wolf” biker, only rides for charity events.

“It’s very, very rewarding,” said Ritter, a cancer survivor, “The people are the nicest people in the world.”

PCFLV is a local non-profit, dedicated to providing services and programs to local pediatric cancer patients and their families, along with bereaved families.

Information on PCFLV: pcflv.org

Information on motorcycle charity runs: cyclefish.com