Rotarians award Harley

Published 10:26 pm Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Betty Kay has been named the winner of the Rotary Club of Suffolk’s raffle of a 2008 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic.

Kay’s ticket was drawn on the last day of the Suffolk Peanut Festival from among a total of 2,086 $20 tickets that were sold by the club between July 8 and Oct. 12.

Rotarian J. Trenton Bishop, who was this year’s raffle chairman, presented Kay with her motorcycle recently at Bayside Harley-Davidson in Portsmouth. Bishop had worked with Bayside General Manager Ray Perry to choose a pearl-white and gray bike, valued at $20,023, for the raffle.

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He then divided the club’s 90 or so members into six “motorcycle gangs” of 15 members each, so they could compete against each other to see which gang could sell the most tickets.

The gangs coordinated efforts to sell tickets at most of the Suffolk TGIF events, at the Taste of Suffolk event, during a Harley demo ride at Bayside, during the Ruritan Club’s Shrimp Feast and at the Peanut Festival. Bishop and Bruce Bowles made sure the motorcycle was present at the different events and displayed in front of various Suffolk businesses so people could see what they could win.

Among those businesses that provided support with ticket sales and displaying the bike were Farmers Bank, Suffolk First Bank, D.B. Bowles Jewelers and Holiday Foods BP/Amoco Station on Main Street.

“Beauties and the Beast,” with leader Lynette White, led ticket sales amongst the Rotary gangs, selling 541 tickets. Next was “Market Riders,” with leader Scott Carr, selling 284; and then “Nash Ramblers,” led by Scott Nash, with 265; “Down & Dirty Gang,” led by Tom Williams, with 234; “Ghost Riders,” led by Blake Baker, with 194; “Iron Butt,” led by Bishop, with 160; and “Diamond Rider,” led by Bowles, with 143.

Bishop said he wanted to thank all of the gang leaders for their help in making the raffle a success. “With their leadership and the efforts of the entire club, the Rotarians of Suffolk lived the organization’s motto of ‘service above self.’”