The Chautauqua-Kinzua Harley Owners' Group recently presented the Special Olympics of Warren County with a $500 donation.
Aside from promoting safe and enjoyable motorcycle riding, the Chautauqua-Kinzua Harley Owners' Grop dedicates a portion of its time and money to those who are less fortunate. Chapter members decided they wanted to make a donation to help a group of people within the local community. The Special Olympics became a prospective recipient when it was made known Kayla Smith, daughter of Mark Smith, one of the motorcycle group's members, had been involved with the organization for many years. Upon approval from the more than 150 chapter members, a motion was approved.
Dean Huya, Special Olympics of Warren County manager, accepted the donation, as well as Tiffany and Lisa Huya. Kayla Smith and Marina Smith, Mark Smith's daughter and wife, and Karen Lucks, Chautauqua-Kinzua Harley Owners' Group member, represented the chapter.
From left are Kayla Smith, Karen Lucks, Marina Smith, Tiffany Huya and Dean Huya.
"You have no idea how much this will help," Huya said. "The cost of transporting members across the state (of Pennsylvania) for a single event can cost $2,000 alone."
Special Olympics is a global organization that serves more than 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities by providing year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports. The activities give both children and adults continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship. For more information, visit www.specialolympicspa.org.
To raise money for the donation, Chautauqua-Kinzua Harley Owners' Group members held 50/50 giveaways at monthly meetings, sold food at the Scandia Chainsaw Carve and sought donations at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown dealership events.
The Chautauqua-Kinzua H.O.G. Chapter was established in April 2010. Sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Jamestown, the chapter currently has more than 150 active members. Its mission is to organize a group of individuals for the purpose of safe and enjoyable motorcycle riding, as well as foster camaraderie among members.