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Engines Roared to Life for WVES Rally for DC


By Kelly Cole

Those participating in Rally for DC at Wyalusing Valley Elementary School (WVES) on Sunday, Oct. 9, made an impressive start to their ride by revving their engines at exactly 2 p.m.  The roar the bike engines created made everyone stop and take notice. The weather was amazing and exactly what the 28 drivers and their passengers had hoped for.

After the two-hour ride, they returned to the school to enjoy a light supper and find out who won the raffle baskets and silent auction items. This was the third and final fundraiser that is held to raise money for the WVES sixth grade trip to Washington, DC. The goal of Rally for DC is to help offset the costs of the trip and make it more affordable to the students. Remaining funds help cover the cost of the following year’s trip.

Bike Rally proceeds are paired with golf tournament profits to help pay for hotel rooms, food and transportation. The students can help toward the portion they are each responsible for by earning fifty percent from what they sell as part of their Christmas fundraiser, in addition to sales of the raffle tickets for the bike rally. The sixth grade Washington, DC trip, which the students look forward to all year, not only rounds their curriculum, but serves also as the last big hoorah before the youths head over to the high school.

The winners of the raffle baskets were:

Movie Pack – Dietrich Theatre – Douglas Brown

Airplane Ride – Skyhaven Airport – Josh Franklin

Amazon Kindle – P&G Federal Credit Union – Drayson Sanders

Assorted Basket and Certificate – Mary-Go-Round – Kelly Chilson

Planting Basket – Sandra Ritz – Marie Quinn

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Basket – Brandon Bird

Picture, "Give It All You've Got" – Paradise Bookstore – Dan Thorp

It's A Wild Life Book – New Age – Brandon Brown

Harley Davidson metal sign – J.R. Hallmark – Paige Robinson

Bucket of pet supplies – Tractor Supply – Karen Gruver

Cutting Board – Elijah Bennett family – Melissa Fox

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees basket – Michael Kingston

Carhartt Tool Bag – Brady & Cavany's – Cory Brown

(4) Candles – Sassy Albea Soaps – Bailey Tressier

Home variety basket – Ace Stonier's – Keri Robinson

$20 Certificate – Brick's Market – Kelly Johnson

Gourd (Apple) Birdhouse – Mindy's – Cindy Bird

$20 Certificate – Original Italian Grille – D. Sample

$10 Certificate – Beeman's Restaurant – Joe Darrow

Quilted Table Runner – A Caring Benefactor – Alynne Nesslein

Duck Decorative Flag – A Caring Benefactor – McLaughlin

Toy John Deere tractor set – Bartron Supply - Dean Sharer

$15 Certificate – Beads and Baubles – Lorraine Masters

Fiber Optic Snowman – A Caring Benefactor – Tara Bahr

$25 Dry Cleaning Certificate – Cross Country Cleaners – Karen Gruver

$25 Dry Cleaning Certificate – Cross Country Cleaners – Rhonda McCarty

Red Currant Candle – Miller's Pharmacy – Mikey Wilcox

Shampoo, conditioner, curling iron and $35 gift certificate – Jeanne DeRemer's Beauty Shop – Sonya Westbrook

Beauty product basket – Iddings Insurance Agency – Nancy Chilson

Candy basket and $40 gift certificate – Eb's Market – Mike Saxon

Assorted adult basket (golf ball retriever, T-shirt, gloves, tool kit, package opener, knife sharpener, etc.) – Cargill – Kelsey Leljedal

Free pizza coupon – Century Farm Meats – Alynne Nesslein

Assorted youth basket (T-shirt, book light, pen, notebook, paddle ball game, etc.) – Cargill – Kelly Tinna

$25 gift certificate – Who Knew? Consignment Shop – Kelly Travis

$15 gift certificate – OIP Restaurant - Wyalusing – Kelly Travis

Rose Tin Sign – Wyalusing Florist and Gifts – Destiny Hadsall

"The King's Speech" DVD, "Unknown" DVD, candy bar, popcorn, vehicle charger with USB port – Wyalusing Backstage Video – Diane Chapman

$35 gift certificate – NAPA Wyalusing Auto Parts – Eddie Mapes

2 - $10 gift certificates – The Ram Zone – Kelly Chilson

Gift certificate for shampoo, cut and style – Jamie's Place Salon – Janelle Hart

The lucky silent auction winners were:

David Brown – pickup truck load of cut and split firewood

AJ McKennas – welcome sign

Ben Ruhf – kayak rental

Jess Croll – ½ hour massage

AJ McKennas – silver eagle coin

Dan Earl – silver eagle coins

Missy Kusmierz – old-fashion teddy bears

Sike Ruhf – oil change

AJ McKennas – one month gym pass

Mike Saxon – air-powered brad nailer/stapler

Dave Brown – car detailing certificate

Ben Ruhf – car detailing certificate

Cathy Saxon – stone bench

Tobi Kinsman – Peoples State Bank basket

Jared Zionkowski – boys' everything school pack

Bryn Zionkowski – girls' everything school pack

Julie Casella – personal hygiene basket

Missy Kusmierz – Sherwin Williams painter's dream bucket

Dallas Saxon – wheeled carry-on

  Chad Ruhf and his daughter, Bailey Ruhf, of Laceyville, waved as they made their way out of the WVES parking lot to enjoy the ride during Rally for DC. Photo by Kelly Cole  Chad Ruhf and his daughter, Bailey Ruhf, of Laceyville, waved as they made their way out of the WVES parking lot to enjoy the ride during Rally for DC. Photo by Kelly Cole

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