Cruisin’ fer Critters raises more than $11KPublished 6:06pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013
They came from the River Region, south Alabama and even West Georgia to join in a cause that has been near and dear to the hearts of the members of the Predators Motorcycle Association for the past decade.
Each year the Predators would hold a poker run to raise money to donate to the Elmore County Humane Shelter, and each year the association set the bar higher.
Last year Cruisin’ fer Critters netted more than $10,000 for the shelter, and Predators president John West wondered if they could exceed that mark.
Saturday more than 125 bikers came out to raise more than $11,000 for the shelter.
“I think it shell-shocked them when they saw the total,” said Rea Cord, director of the Elmore County Humane Shelter. “The generosity of this group is just very humbling. They are a really good group of people who when they decide to get behind something, they put their heart into it.”
West, himself, raised the stakes when he put his hair up for bid.
West allowed the riders to place a bid for his hair to be cut. The winning bid was $500 for the shelter, and the ponytail was donated to cancer patients.
The ride gets bigger each year mostly through word of mouth to other bike associations, according to Thomas Crawford of Monroeville.
“We have a chapter here in Montgomery, and they reached out to us to join in,” he said. “Our organization (the Backwoods Chapter of Sons of Armageddon Motorcycle Club) does benefit rides and charity work just like this down in south Alabama. And it’s for a great cause.”
Crawford is one of a number of riders who have animals who were rescued from shelters.
“My bulldog came from a shelter, so this ride means a lot to me,” he said.
Like Crawford, Bonnie Wide of Prattville also has rescued animals.
“This is my second year taking part in Cruisin’ fer Critters. This ride is what got me to become a Predator,” she said. “I’m so proud to be part of an association which helps the community and its animals.”