The Shelby County Shriners Club is in the process of planning their big fundraiser for the year. This event which always involves a motorcycle ride and dinner will take place on Saturday, August 29, at the Shelbyville VFW. This is usually billed as the Biker’s Ball but the Shriners have decided to scale back this year due to the economy.

“We went with a scooter and a $20 ticket instead of the motorcycle and a $50 raffle tickets because we don’t feel we could sell $50 tickets,” explained Jack Darnell, one of the organizers.

Darnell went on to say that with things being a little tough this year with the economy they are scaling back on this event.

“That is why we are downsizing and not having a tent and band and all that stuff we have had in previous years,” continued Darnell. “We are trying to do everything we have done in the past, but on a smaller scale.”

Darnell said many of the same events that were part of the Biker’s Ball will also take place this year, such as dinner, motorcycle run and dancing.

“We will have a bike ride at noon that day starting at the VFW and will be close to a 85-90 mile ride,” said Darnell. “We are calling it the ‘Michael Williams Memorial Ride’.”

Darnell explained Williams was one of the first organizers of the Biker Ball.

There is also a pork chop dinner with sides planned starting at 5 p.m. and tickets for the meal are $10. There will be a DJ playing during the evening. There will be a 50/50 drawing and some door prizes to be given away.

The big money raiser for this event will be a raffle for two Yamaha Vino Classic 49cc scooters. Tickets for this raffle are $20 per person. Other prizes include $250, $150, $100 and also two St. Louis Rams tickets in October (Date and Team TBA). Tickets are available from Shelby County Shriners. You need not be present to win.

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