It seems like it takes a lot to make a wish come true.
Pixie dust, maybe a shooting star.
Some local motorcycle enthusiasts are playing fairy godmother with just a little dedication and a few dozen bikes.
The Eagle Riders of Bellefonte 432 are relatively new under the aerie of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Their charter was just approved in July 2013, but they have already made their mark with a fundraiser that is, literally, a wish come true.
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For Fathers Day, the group organized a benefit ride. President Skin Ripka said 38 riders participated, along with plenty of local businesses that donated raffle items for the festivities. The event pulled in $2,000, with the Eagles aerie kicking in another $1,000.
On Monday, the Eagle Riders presented their $3,000 check to Make a Wish Foundation.
According to Christy Payson of Make a Wish, the charity provides children with life-threatening illnesses the opportunity to live a dream. For some, it might be a shopping spree. For many, it is a trip to Walt Disney World in central Florida.
What fuels the wish-granting business is cash. Payson said the average cost of a wish is about $3,900, meaning the Bellefonte-area bikers raised almost enough to fully fund one sick child’s dream with the one-day event
“That was great for a first ride,” said Payson. She added that anyone who wanted to continue to make donations to the event could still make gifts through the Eagles or directly go Make a Wish.
Ripka wants to see the ride grow, becoming an annual event and fulfilling the wishes of more children.
“Our motto is people helping people,” he said.