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12th Annual Putt for Mutts

Written by  May 31, 2004

Wayside Waifs, Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit humane society and animal shelter that admits nearly 12,000 pets each year. They survive solely on donations and receive no funding from the government or animal organizations. On May 22, for the 12th consecutive year, riders of all makes and models of motorcycles united to provide financial assistance for this worthy charity. Registration began at 9 a.m. at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Belton, Missouri. For a donation of $20, riders received dice run sheets, goodie bags, ride pins, and lunch catered by Wagon Wheel Barbeque. Special incentives were given away for various levels of donations collected for Wayside Waifs including commemorative t-shirts.

Although the sky couldn’t decide between sun or clouds, the weather was cooperative and was a huge factor in the turnout. According to Laurie Finley, who coordinated the event, over 800 riders participated. Members of the American Heartland-Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter served as volunteers, whose duties included registration, staffing dice roll stations, and coordinating parking. Rich Davis put together the 100 mile route which went south on Highway 71 to Harrisonville, then east on Highway 2 to Highway T. We went north to our first stop at the Kingsville Conoco. From there, we took Highway 58 to Highway 7 and traveled north to Highway 150, then west to our second stop at Armacost. The ride ended at Wayside where participants enjoyed live music by Soulitify and watched members of D.O.G. (Dog Obedience Group) run their pets through an agility course.

During the awards presentation, Gail Worth-Wilson pointed out the small building that was formerly occupied by Wayside Waifs and contrasted it with the huge state-of-the art facility now in use. She expressed her gratitude to all of the volunteers and riders and announced that donations exceeded $30,000. Gail presented the top fund raiser, Boyd Metz, with his and hers Harley-Davidson leather jackets for turning in $1,000 in donations. Tom Dunbar had the lowest dice roll and received a certificate for a catered lunch for six provided by The Portable Chef. There was a tie for highest dice roll between John Parker and Paul Jones, so a roll-off was required. Amazingly, both contestants rolled fours. A second roll determined that John was the winner of a $200 gift certificate from Gail’s. Paul donated his winnings of $100 to Wayside.

We talked with Courtney Dunn, Manager of Public Relations, Special Events & Volunteers for Wayside who said, “I can’t say enough about how much we appreciate Gail’s Harley-Davidson and all of these riders. They do so much to help provide shelter for all of these animals!”

The animals who cannot speak for themselves, thank you too! Remember, a pet is for life and a pet is family.

Story by Stripe and Margaret Liggett

Photos by Stripe, Mike Schweder, and Wayne Thompson