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Chatfield couple finds a way to give back

Fri, May 23rd, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Features

Riders prepare to roll out of Chatfield on May 17. Photo by Jackie Horsman

When Tom and Michelle Root started planning a motorcycle run to benefit the Eagles Cancer Telethon back in February, they had no idea the amount of work they were getting themselves into. Thankfully, we all get by with a little help from our friends…and family…and a good attitude full of determination doesn’t hurt either.

Tom and a few co-workers had discussed doing a ride out of Chatfield for cancer and, as Tom admits, if it weren’t for his wife Michelle, it wouldn’t have been nearly as successful. Securing 30 sponsors, lining up a route, ordering or making merchandise, securing silent auction items, working with law enforcement, getting a gambling license and setting up a non-profit account were just a few of the things the Roots had to accomplish to pull things off.

The ride kicked off on Saturday, May 17, at Jac’s Bar and Grill in Chatfield. Owners Jeff and Candi Hare were proud to be a part of the ride and welcomed all motorcycle enthusiasts and supporters with a breakfast bar and later with a supper bar, as the ride would also come to an end at their business. The Hare’s donated a portion of their proceeds back to the cause and also hosted music in the evening for all the riders and other supporters.

The thunder of sound from 75-80 motorcycles rolling out at 10:30 a.m. was described as giving goose bumps to spectators, as they understood the camaraderie bike enthusiasts often share. With a total of 106 registered riders, including passengers, the support for the first annual run was overwhelming. The riders enjoyed a beautiful route that encompassed six stops along the way, returning to Chatfield around dinner time.

Michelle credits her friends and family, area business owners, along with power of Facebook for the success of their first time around while Tom mostly credits Michelle. The couple raised over $7,500 to donate to the Eagles Cancer Telethon. The Roots still have some merchandise available for purchase; T-Shirts and coolies printed by Threads in Chatfield and various other items. If you would like to donate or purchase items, you can contact Michelle by emailing her at

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