Motorcyclists will get their motors running as they kick into gear the Joy of Giving 2011 season.
They will head out on the highway on Sunday to enable parents of underprivileged area children to buy Christmas gifts.
Nicki Davis, president of the Joy of Giving, Inc., said this year’s overall goal is $80,000. It raised $70,000 a year ago.
Ernie Bordon, biker and owner of Autocraft Collision Center on Marco, again will lead the bikers on the Ride for Joy.
It starts on Marco at Porky’s Last Stand, travels to Sneaky Pete’s Bar in Bonita Springs, then to Porky’s Last Stand in Golden Gate, Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland for a 50-50 raffle and back to Porky’s for a live auction.
Bikers register between 8 and 9 a.m. at Porky’s. Each biker pays $25 and a rider $10 if they both want to participate in a poker run along the route that leads to best and worst porker hand awards. The riders set out on the highway at 10 a.m.
There also will be an auction back at Porky’s around 3:30 p.m.
Ernie Bordon, biker and owner of Autocraft Collision Center, again heads the run with Geri Gurewicz. This year they have been joined by Jimmy Russo, Carmen and Barb Dasti, Eric Schilling and Jimmy Downey.
Bordon gets few early registrations, with most of the 75 to 100 bikers signing up that day. For those who can’t participate, but want to donate, they can go online to www.joyofgivingchildren.org, Gurewicz said.
“When you see the parents at Walmart buying gifts that Santa would bring for under the Christmas tree, it is a very special feeling,” she said.
On Dec. 17, the drive will culminate with gifts purchased for 1,100 children and nearly 400 families. Christmas comes early as Walmart opens its doors at 6 a.m. at its 6650 Collier Blvd. location.
Each family also receives a turkey, with holiday regards from the Island Country Club Foundation on Marco, a major sponsor for the event.
Nicki Davis, Joy of Giving president, says Bordon’s involvement came when her father had his car repaired at Bordon’s shop.
“My dad was the link for a great relationship,” Davis said. “At first he (Bordon) would put money aside from his business, then decided he wanted to do more. He has been one of our strongest supporters since day one of this involvement.”
Another fundraiser will be the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation and Skin Renewal System’s Queen for a Day Luncheon on Dec. 9 at noon at the Island Country Club.
There also will be a fashion show, presented by Chloe’s Boutique and Georgie’s Shoe Resort
Tickets are $50, which includes donation, luncheon, raffle and fashion show.
First prize in the raffle is the Queen For a Day at Skin Renewal Systems, which includes facial, massage, manicure, pedicure, hair cut and style.
Second prize, a Chloe’s $200 gift certificate and third prize, a Georgie’s $200 gift certificate.
For tickets, call, Skin Renewal Systems, 394-1083, Island Country Club, 394-6661, Chloe’s, 248-1131, or Georgie’s, 394-2621.
Davis explained that she and Misty Nixon, Joy of Giving Board members, meet with representatives of some 30 schools, which results in a list of qualified children.
On Dec. 17 the 30 schools, represented by a teacher or administrative person, check in the families. Once the children have selected their gifts they go to a scanning table where gifts are checked to make sure the money is used appropriately. When approved they check out.
“The family never gets money,” Davis said. “They get a card based on the number of children for their spending limit. We keep all receipts and make exchanges if necessary. 100 percent of all donations go for the gifts.”
There will be more than 100 volunteers that day, including an army of Island Country Club members.
Besides the turkeys, the Island Country Club Charitable Foundation provides about half of the monetary contributions, Davis said.
“The Joy of Giving would not be what it is today without such generous support from the Island Country Club,” she said.
Individual donations also can be made. A $25 donations provides on toy, $50, clothing and shoes for one child, $75, a bicycle, $300, toys and clothing for a family of four.
To make a donation, make checks payable to Joy of Giving, Nicki Davis, 317 Nassau Court, Marco Island, FL 34145.