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FORT PIERCE -- While most people would not easily associate bikers, philanthropy and chimpanzees, Treasure Coast Harley Davidson found a way to create a meaningful bond between them during a bike run held on June 8 to raise funds for Save the Chimps, the world's largest chimpanzee sanctuary located in Fort Pierce.
The event was composed of poker runs with stops in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties. Although the rain impacted the event, 50 people braved the weather to participate in the bike run.
At the after party held at Treasure Coast Harley Davidson in Stuart, more than 250 people came out to support Save the Chimps and listen to live music and enjoy refreshments sponsored by Jim Beam and browse many local vendors.
The event culminated when the lucky winner of the motorcycle raffle was selected. Chuck Hemann of Hobe Sound is the proud owner of the 2009 VRod Muscle VTrim 1250CC motorcycle valued at $13,000. Mr. Hemann purchased the raffle ticket at the Stuart Air Show in November 2012. "My wife is an animal advocate and encouraged me to purchase the raffle ticket to support Save the Chimps," said Mr. Hemann.
The event was intended to create awareness for Save the Chimps, and helped raise more than $7,000 for the sanctuary.
Kathy Labar, owner of Treasure Coast Harley Davidson also hopes that the event gained more active supporters for the organization.
"This has been a great partnership and an organization that I will continue to support," Ms. Labar said. "I'm thrilled that our contribution will help enrich the lives of the chimpanzees living in the sanctuary."
Save the Chimps is a nonprofit 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.