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The Friendly Door hosts Motorcycle Fun Run

Published: Apr. 25, 2022 at 3:18 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - The weather conditions did not provide an ideal day for a motorcycle ride, but the riders of Red River Harley-Davidson didn’t let that stop them from helping a great cause. The Friendly Door has been hosting this event with Red River Harley-Davidson for 34 consecutive years.

The Friendly Door Senior Center is a nonprofit organization with a facility available to all senior citizens in Iowa Park. They provide a meal at noon every weekday and they also have a Meals-on-Wheels program. The Tom Venhaus, chairman board of directors of The Friendly Door, said the facility also offers activities for senior citizens to participate in.

“We have this facility that’s here for them to come in and play cards, dominos, work on puzzles. We have exercise equipment for them to use,” Venhaus said.

And despite the weather, they hosted the annual Motorcycle Fun Run to raise funds for the services they provide for the senior citizens which always includes raffles, food and bike games.

“Really, I’m impressed with the number of people that turned out today. Again it just goes to show what the citizens and the community of Iowa Park think about The Friendly Door and what we do for the senior citizens,” Venhaus said.

Bobbie Gilmore, a service rider with Red River Harley-Davidson, said this isn’t the first time the event landed on a bad weather day, but the riders never let that stop them before and they didn’t let it stop them now.

“We even did it one year when it ended up snowing on us. So we, you know, were true riders. We just love everything about Harley and riding and The Friendly Door is such an awesome place to help out,” Gilmore said.

One thing that was not possible to do under the rain, however, was the bike games due to safety hazards.

“Only bummer is we didn’t get to have bike games today but we’d just like to thank everyone that did come out this was a crazy time to have a ride but rain or shine they needed our help so we were happy to do it,” Gilmore said.

The Friendly Door will be hosting more events throughout the year to help raise funds for their senior citizen programs. Click here to stay updated every time they post about upcoming events.

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