October 25, 2014

Medina
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Baring it all for cancer

MEDINA — A group of female motorcyclists is asking their fellow riders and others to bare their bras at a poker run aimed at raising money and awareness of breast cancer.
“We’re asking participants to decorate a bra, and wear it somewhere on your person, on your leg, on your head, or on your chest over your clothes,” said Bobbi Havrilla, of Wadsworth. “We have a lot of people and a lot of guys supporting us.
“They’re on board with the idea.”
Havrilla is one of three women Harley-Davidson owners who have organized the “Scooters for Hooters Bra Ride,” scheduled for June 29 in Medina.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation, which raises money for research to find a cure for breast cancer.
Havrilla is one of six women from Northeast Ohio who make up the Hoofing for Hooters with Breast Friends, group that walks regularly in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
The group has participated in the Cleveland walk. But after it was canceled, the group decided to travel to Seattle for a Race for the Cure and plans to go to Georgia in October for the walk there.
The team will spend three days walking 60 miles in an effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and money for research into the cause.
“In order to walk you have to raise $2,300 per walker,” said Havrilla, who got active in the walk in 2011 after her mother, Hazel Clark, died of breast cancer. The group has already raised money from family and friends, but wanted to do a communitywide fundraiser to raise awareness
Three of the women in the group who are traveling to Georgia ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles, so they decided to host a poker run fundraiser with a twist, enlisting the help and support of their Harley families.
In addition to motorcycles, the group has also opened up the ride to those who want to join the ride in their cars, inviting classic car clubs and other non-motorcycles to join them.
“We don’t want to exclude anyone,” Havrilla said.
Registration for the ride starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Buffalo Wild Wings on state Route 18 in Medina. The poker run is about 80 miles and bikes are expected to be out by 11:45 a.m. and return by 3:30 p.m. The group has coupons available for riders to use at Buffalo Wild Wings that will donate 20 percent of their food purchases to the Susan B. Komen foundation. Judges will give away a prize for the best decorated bra at 4 p.m. and the group will have baskets and other items up for auction. All the proceeds will benefit the foundation.
Tori Thomas, of Medina, who also rides, is helping the women organize the poker run. She’s not walking with the women, but wanted to help organize the run. She said the idea is inventive and different from those she has organized in the past.
“I’ve always found (a poker run) can be successful when you reach out and really do something different,” she said.
She said the group is still looking for participants, and any businesses or companies who would like to make a donation for prizes, raffles or other items.
“Right now we’re just spreading the word, and getting people excited,” she said.
For more information about the poker run, visit www.facebook.com/events/1479228405644101, or call Thomas at (419) 651-9680.
Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.