Hidden Creek Winery Hosts Thunder At the Creek Event
By Kelly Cole
Bikers that rode in the first Thunder at The Creek on May 21 couldn’t have asked for better weather, as the sun shone throughout the day. The thirty-six participants came from multiple towns in Pennsylvania and New York and were riding to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Ruth and Russ Leichliter, owners of Hidden Creek Vineyard & Winery near Laceyville, have held the Arts at the Creek in the past to help raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to honor their nephew, Trevorly Pursell. This year, they decided to go a different route and hold the Poker Run Bike Rally “Thunder at The Creek.” Trevorly had been diagnosed in 1976, at the age of four, with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and unfortunately passed away in 1978. Chances of survival at that time were four percent when diagnosed with this form of leukemia, but today, the chance of survival has risen to 96 percent, thanks to those like the Leichliters who have raised funds to go toward research.
Eighteen bikes started out at 10 a.m. Saturday morning from Thomas's Market in Tunkhannock and made their way to their final destination at the Hidden Creek Vineyard & Winery. The Leichliters would like to thank the American Legion Post 510, Colley Pub, Forksville Inn, Camptown Dandy and The Hayloft for participating as locations for the bikers to stop along the way.
The Leichliters had an amazing evening planned with great music, food and wine. Everyone was able to relax after the ride and enjoy themselves.
Joan DeGaramo and Tony Ranieli kept the atmosphere alive with everything from 70’s soft rock to 80’s, 90’s and current sounds. They have played around the valley for the past five years, and you can keep up with where they will be playing next on Facebook at “Cover 2.”
Mike Porter, representing Cargill, was there to lend a hand with the grill, along with his wingman, son Denton Porter, age 12.
Lynn Barnard of Family Connects Newspaper created this year’s t-shirt design for the fundraiser.
A big thank you to all those that supported and donated to this cause:
$500+ Cargill Lamar Outdoor Advertising.
$100+ Arrow United Industries; Connies Supermarket; Curry Donuts; Family Connects Newspaper; Genesis Salon; LAB Graphics; Nimble Hill Vineyard & Winery; Paraco Gas; Pickering Winery; Procter & Gamble; Shamrock Auction Service; Skyline General, Inc.; Studio K Galleries and Wyalusing Pet Clinic.
Winners of the Poker Run were: high hand, Jackie Everhart of Mountain Top; low hand, Steve Pasquale of Springville; oldest rider, Del O’Rourke (69 years old), and rider who traveled the furthest, Dave Robinson from Endicott, NY.
For more information on making donations in honor of Trevorly Pursell, you can contact Ruth and Russ Leichliter at 570-869-9463 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To find out more about the Leichliters’ vineyard and what they have to offer, you can visit their website at www.hiddencreekwines.com.