Great American Ride Raises $25,000

Louis J. Billittier Foundation

Allan Harris
June 18, 2017 - 5:47 am
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(WBEN)  Louis J. Billittier, Jr., and Mary Beth Billittier-Darling announced Saturday evening that $25,000 was raised to benefit Western New York charities through the Louis J. Billittier Foundation at their “Great American Ride” Motorcycle Poker Fun Run and Raffle.

Billittier helped select the winning ticket for the Harley Davidson Street Glide bike. The winner is Raymond Zylinski of Lakeview, New York. 400 tickets were sold in this raffle at $100 each.

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard was “Honorary Road Captain” as 219 registered motorcyclists took to hometown roadways Saturday from lots near Chef's Restaurant in downtown Buffalo, 291 Seneca St. ( at Chicago), Saturday just after 10a.m.

Over 15 police bikes served as escorts in what Billittier called the “Great American Ride!” The route included stops at the legendary Mickey Rats, a Western New York waterfront institution scheduled to close after this season; the Springville VFW Post; and the Made In America store in Elma, in an all new route.

Bikers stopped at these various locations to play a game of “poker.” The Poker run was created by William Taylor (of Powerboat magazine) where participants travel over a predesignated route. At designated stops on the route, motorcyclists will draw playing cards. The object is to have the best poker hand at the end of the run. Riders returned to Chef's Restaurant later turning in their cards. Billittier hosted an outdoor catered ticketed party from 3- 5p.m. Prizes were awarded for bikers with the best hand.

 

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