Elks Riders raise $2,620 for Community Action

Provided photos: A motorcycle ride to benefit Community Action of Orleans and Genesee has netted $2,620 for the agencies’ Emergency Services program. Shown with the check are Albion Elks Lodge officers Ross Kane, president; Lynda Standish, secretary;  Ricky Standish, sergeant-at-arms; and Mike Jenks, vice-president; and Katrina Chaffee, director of emergency services and reporting at Community Action.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 22 August 2023 at 9:47 am

Nearly 60 members of the Elks Riders from Albion and Brockport lodges take off from Stan’s Harley Davidson in Batavia on a charity ride to benefit Community Action of Orleans and Genesee.

BATAVIA – Nearly 60 members of the Elks Riders in Lodge 1006 in Albion and 2110 in Brockport participated in a recent charity run to benefit Community Action of Orleans and Genesee’s Emergency Services program.

The ride began at Stan’s Harley Davidson in Batavia, and continued through Oakfield, Elba, Medina, Albion, Kendall and Holley to Brockport, where the Elks Lodge welcomed riders with refreshments, music by Chris Moore and a basket raffle.

Along with registration for the ride, basket raffle, a 50/50 drawing and donations, the profit was $2,620.

The idea for the charity ride was suggested by Ricky Standish, a member of Albion Elks Riders and facilities’ manager at Community Action in Albion. He pitched the idea to the riders from Albion and Brockport lodges and they agreed to the joint effort.

“Our Albion Elks do a lot of things for different charity organizations with Brockport,” Standish said.

With guidance from Katrina Chaffee, director of community service and reporting at Community Action, they put together the charity run. Chaffee even rode with Standish.

“They did a wonderful job,” Chaffee said.

The riders met at Stan’s, where they enjoyed hot dogs donated by the cycle shop and registered for the ride.

“A lot of people in Orleans and Genesee counties will benefit from this,” Chaffee said. “Some of the money will help toward our Holiday Fund and the rest will go into our operating budget.”

Chaffee said they are already collecting toys for the Holiday Gift Program, which provides toys and gifts for children under 18 and a family meal for Christmas.

Katrina Chaffee, left holding check, and Ricky Standish, both with Community Action, and Jeff Penna, vice president of Brockport Elks Riders, hold the ceremonial check representing proceeds from a charity ride the Albion and Brockport Elks did for Community Action’s Emergency Services program.