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FORT PIERCE - Bikers, philanthropy and chimpanzees. While most people would not easily associate these three things together, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson owner, Kathy Labar has found a way to create a meaningful bond between them.
Labar has a passion for animals and a strong connection to Save the Chimps, the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce, Florida. Save the Chimps is an organization focused on providing a sanctuary for chimpanzees that have been rescued from research laboratories, entertainment and pet trade. Currently Save the Chimps provides care for nearly 300 rescued chimpanzees.
"I have always had a deep love for animals. When I learned about the Save the Chimps sanctuary I immediately wanted to get involved," said Kathy Labar. Her way of doing that is through her business, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson. Her company is hosting a Bike Run to benefit Save the Chimps on Saturday, June 8 beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The Bike Run consists of three poker runs with three stops including Archie's Seabreeze Restaurant in Fort Pierce, Iron Cross Motorcycles in West Palm Beach and J&S Fish Camp in Okeechobee. After the poker run, Save the Chimps will host an after party sponsored by Jim Beam at Treasure Coast Harley Davidson in Stuart for bike run participants as well as the general public. Guests can enjoy live music and a raffle of items including a private tour of the Save the Chimps sanctuary for 7 people, concert tickets to see music stars Brad Paisley and Bob Dylan, and much more. Vendors on site will include Florida Outdoors, George the Leather Man and others. Proceeds from the Bike Run will benefit Save the Chimps.
"Through this event we hope to increase awareness about the great work being done by Save the Chimps and hopefully increase the number of supporters who will become more involved with this wonderful organization." said Labar.
In addition to the Bike Run, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a 2009 VRod Muscle VTrim 1250CC motorcycle. The motorcycle is valued at $13,000 and tickets to win start at just $10. All proceeds from the raffle will directly benefit nearly 300 chimpanzees living at the Save the Chimps sanctuary in Fort Pierce. The winner of the motorcycle will be announced during the after party at Treasure Coast Harley Davidson. Raffle tickets can be purchased in advance at www.savethechimps.org/tchd.
Those interested in participating in the Bike Run can register online at www.treasure-harley.com. To purchase raffle tickets to win the motorcycle, visit www.savethechimps.org. For more information contact Dawn Tatrault at (772) 287-3871.
About Save the Chimps
Save the Chimps is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent sanctuary for the lifelong care of nearly 300 chimpanzees rescued from research laboratories, the entertainment industry and the pet trade.