By Russ Lay | Outer Banks Voice on June 29, 2018
The Dare Motorcycle Toy Run, coming off two successful fund raisers to help make sure Dare County children have a gift under the tree on Christmas Day, continues to move forward in 2018.
Recently the group received some well-deserved recognition and revealed their 2018 Toy Run route, which includes special approval to include a well-known Outer Banks historical site.
In a recent Facebook post, group leader Terry Gray said, “We have received approval for a special use permit of the Wright Brothers Memorial for our stop in this year’s Toy Run. We can now announce our route for this year.
” The run will take place September 22, 2018, and will leave Vertigo Tattoo in Manns Harbor, ride to Whalebone Intersection, head north on Highway 12 (the Beach Road) to a stop at Lucky 12 for a brief presentation of the ‘Token Toy,’ then proceed to Aycock Brown Welcome Center for a quick stop at the Monument to a Century of Flight,” Gray said.
The route then proceeds south on N.C. 12 to the Wright Brothers Monument for a photo session behind the Hill.
The run proceeds south once more, making the final stop at Mulligans Raw Bar and Grille.
The 2018 Toy Run will be an appreciation run in honor of the most important year in the nation’s history in the field of transportation — 1903 — and the theme of the event will revolve around three events that marked 1903.
In the year, America and the world experienced the founding of the Ford Motor Co., the Wright brothers historic first flight and the birth of Harley Davidson Motorcycles.
On June 18, the group appeared before the Dare County Board of Commissioners to receive the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award, one of only 1,000 awarded each year in all 100 North Carolina counties. The award was presented on behalf of the governor by board member Jane Webster of the Outer Banks Community Foundation, accompanied by its executive director, Lorelei Costa.
Webster noted, “They spend the entire year coordinating and volunteering at different fundraising events to ensure that all underprivileged children are able to have a great Christmas. In 2017 their generosity and commitment helped to provide tablets to 126 children ages 11-16 and 268 bicycles top ages 4-10.”
More activities and announcements are in the works for the 2018 run and will be announced over the next few weeks.