Motorcyclists ride 72 miles to raise money for the local Ronald McDonald House – WHIO TV 7 and WHIO Radio

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP — Motorcyclists from the area hopped on their bikes Saturday afternoon and set off in hopes of raising thousands of dollars Ronald McDonald House Dayton Charities.

The fifth annual Ride for RMHC Dayton Charity Poker Run kicked off at Mack’s Tavern on Miamisburg’s Centerville Road.

“It’s amazing to watch over 200 to 300 bikes leave and all the money they’re raising for their cause,” said Mackenzie Manley, owner of Mack’s Tavern.

The 72-mile drive will stop at The Barrel in Springboro, Slim’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill in Spring Valley, Wings Sports Bar & Grille in Beavercreek and 1572 Roadhouse Bar-BQ in Waynesville.

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Events coordinator and “road capitan,” Mike Schmitz, said that over the past year, drivers have raised over $37,000. This year her goal was $40,000.

Mike said the event held special meaning for him and his family as the Ronald McDonald House helped his family at a time of crisis.

RMHC Dayton serves families with sick and injured children.

“Families want to stay close to their loved one who is in the hospital, usually a child,” said Paula Schmitz, organizer of the event. “They provide housing; they provide food; They not only care for mom and dad, but also for any other siblings that may be part of the family of a sick child in the hospital.”

Event organizers are confident they will reach their $40,000 goal. We’ll update this story when we find out the grand total.

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