Rain dampened spirits and fundraising for the first night of Ride Into History, but the sun came out for the big event Saturday.
The annual fundraiser for the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope began July 24 with a concert by Dave Anthony, the Seabillys, and Randy “Elvis” Friskie at the Fort Langley National Historic Site.
More than 200 people attended while the first major rainfall in weeks soaked Langley.
“We needed the rain to help our firefighters this summer,” said Troy Gaglardi, the Ride Into History co-chair. “We took one for the team and endured through the blessing of rain.”
Last year the Friday night concert raised $3,000 in donations, and this year’s total was expected to be down because of the rain.
“In th end, it’s not a loss for us but for the Gateway of Hope, as this event aims to support the funding many of its programs and services,” Gaglardi said.
The Saturday scenic ride and banquet went off without a hitch under sunny skies, and with more than 110 motorcycles registered.
The dinner guests listened to Gary, a former Opportunities Program resident at the Gateway of Hope, who has changed his life with help from its programs, including cook training.
“Best year yet,” said Steve Prost of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club.
Due to the lower donations at the Friday evening events, Gaglardi is asking people to consider donating, whether in person, by mail, or phone to help with the shortfall.