Clay County Humane Society Board President Bill Bell accepts a $1,500 check from Marc Wiley and his daughter, Andrea Sanders, as Shelter Director Tammy Wildman, holding an 8-week-old puppy named Buster Bob, looks on. The money will be used to purchase food and medication for animals at the shelter.
By IVY HERRON
The Tony "Tank" Wiley Memorial Ride for the Clay County Humane Society is continuing to grow into a successful fundraising event. There were an additional 20 riders at the second memorial ride and donations more than doubled the amount raised last year.
"We just appreciate so much all that this wonderful family does on behalf of the shelter," shelter Board President Bill Bell said.
The shelter will use the $1,500 raised at the event to purchase medication and food for animals at the shelter.
"If you knew Tank, you knew he loved animals," Wiley said. "(On Aug. 28,) 12 years ago, Tank died (in a traffic accident), but we're keeping his spirit alive through this ride."
The memorial has become a way for Tank's friends and family to keep a piece of "big-hearted guy" alive in their hearts.
On Aug. 19, 82 motorcyclists -- friend and family members, all animal lovers -- gathered in Carbon to begin the scenic ride that would take them past Tank's grave site at Calcutta Cemetery, up to Raccoon Lake, over to Rockville, down through Sandcut and back to Brazil to pick up the Clay County Humane Society Van for a police escort back to Carbon.
To keep the fundraiser fresh and fun for participants, event organizer Marc Wiley is seeking new ideas for a cause that was dear to his brother's heart -- animals in need.
"I would like to incorporate some more fun things to do while the ride is happening, make it more of an all-day family event," Wiley said.
Hopeful interest in the event will continue to grow, Wiley said plans have already begun for the 2007 ride. But the ride might be scheduled a little later in the year, according to Wiley, "when it's a little cooler."