Harley dealership hosts monthly charity event

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LEWISTON — The L-A Harley Davidson dealership hosted one of its monthly bike night charity events on Saturday, featuring live music and concessions from about 6 to 11 p.m.

John Story, a managing partner at the dealership, said the event was about having fun and helping others.

“It’s just another way to give back,” he said, adding that just this year the company decided to make its monthly bike nights into charity events.

Proceeds on Saturday benefited VFW Post 1603 in Auburn and the VFW Riders. The post provided the volunteers to sell concessions and the dealership paid for the food and beer they sold, with all of the profits going to the VFW.

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The dealership also paid for the band, Veggies by Day, and for security.

“All told, the cost is probably about $10,000,” Story said. “But at the same time, it’s all good.”

The events draw people who might not normally come out to the Harley shop, Story said.

Chuck and Colleen Starbird of Mechanic Falls, of the VFW Riders, said they were told to expect about 250 people.

“We’re the first VFW rider group in the state,” Chuck Starbird said. The group is about two years old and has done many fundraising events, he said.

The next bike night is May 22 at the L-A Harley dealership.

rmetzler@sunjournal.com

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