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Motorcycle toy run raises funds for Christmas gifts

The Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run reported a successful 2018 event to the Dare County Board of Commissioners Nov. 19.

Leader Terry Gray announced that the third annual toy run raised just under $32,000.

On Saturday, September 22, some 160 motorcycles made the run from Manns Harbor to the Beach Road (NC 12) to the Aycock Brown Welcome Center and back on NC 12 to the Wright Brothers National Memorial and then to Mulligan’s Raw Bar and Grille.

For this year’s event, the toy run partnered with CAT 5 Jeepers and the First Flight Society.

In 2019, the final stop will be Jolly Roger Restaurant, reported Gray.

Gray announced that the name of the toy run organizing group is now Dare County Motor Sports Charity Group. The name change broadens outreach to other motor sports.

The group is adding three education scholarships to its Christmas funding priority. A scholarship is targeted for graduating seniors from each of Dare’s three areas: northern beaches, Roanoke Island and Mainland and Hatteras Island.

At the meeting, toy run officials presented plaques of appreciation to Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie and motor officers George Fockler and Dustin Walston.

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Dare County Sheriff Doug Doughtie, center, and motor deputies George Fockler, left, and Dustin Walston were recognized by the Dare County Motorcycle Toy Run for help and support for the 2018 toy run. This year’s fundraising run involved 160 motorcycles. Special appreciation plaques were made by Shane Baum for the recognition. Mary Helen Goodloe-Murphy photo

A very sizeable check was presented to Dare County Center Director Sandy Pace to use to make sure children in Dare County have a happy Christmas.

“The Outer Banks is such a giving community,” said Gray.

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