Charitable motorcycle enthusiasts filled the showroom floor at Madera Honda Suzuki on Saturday morning. After a countdown early that afternoon, attendee Carleen Moudy reached into a basket of more than 1,000 tickets to pull a winning name: Julius Deniz.
The prize was a 2012 Suzuki LTF-250 King Quad Runner raffled by the Madera Riders Club and Madera Honda. But those gathered weren’t drawn there only in hopes of a new quad. The many $1 raffle tickets sold had helped raise funds for 22 Christmas baskets of food and toys for less fortunate families.
Ten families each from Washington and Millview Elementary Schools and one family each from Madera High and Madera South High received baskets. The families were selected by counselors from each school. According to coordinator Jeff Squires of Madera Riders the baskets contained canned food, potatoes, rice, beans, milk, chicken, other food staples and toys for the kids.
Madera Honda had also held a dirt bike play day in June where participants paid an entry fee of $5 and were asked to bring canned food. At the end of the day over 400 cans of food had been collected.