OLEAN — The final tallies from the 11th annual Rally in the Valley are in and organizers from Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce are very pleased with the outcome. With the success of the event, they will be able to gift $12,000 to local charities.
LEEK Hunting Preserve, Southern Tier Military Support Group, Boy Scout 617 Olean, Olean Airport Marketing, the ReHabilitation Center, the Dempsey Club, Olean High School Girls’ Soccer Team, Southern Tier Advanced Manufacturing and Michele Krahe Peace Scholarship are all recipients of the event’s proceeds. With this year’s donations, the Rally in the Valley has been able to give more than $204,862 to local charities.
Rally in the Valley was introduced to the area by local business leaders who saw what other communities have done with similar events and wanted to bring that same type of experience to Olean. They knew the event would draw many people from outside the area and the longer they ran the event, the larger it would grow. In addition, they knew there were many bikers in this area that would love an event like this that was close to home.
Co-Chairs of the Rally, Dennis Jones, Randy Langdon, Alan Roth and Larry Penman all agreed, “This event gives all of us the opportunity to give back to the community. We’re all members of the community, and we live in the community. Motorcycles are a hobby to all of us and it’s great that we take our hobby and are able to raise funds for the community.”
More than 943 participants (608 motorcycles) participated in Sunday’s Dice Run event.
The 12th annual Rally in the Valley is scheduled for Aug. 20-24, 2014. For more information, call the chamber at (716) 372-4433.