BY GABE LICHT
DELANO, MN About 100 motorcycles and 250 people poured into Delano American Legion Post 377 Sunday as part of the Legion Legacy Ride ending party that collected nearly $100,000 for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.
It began with a parade of bikes down Bridge Avenue.
“It was very moving for a lot of the persons involved to ride into Delano and see Bridge Avenue lined with our community members waving American flags,” local organizer Jeremy Christenson said.
A small ceremony at the veterans memorial followed to honor fallen veterans.
At the Legion, organizers collected more than $97,000 for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for children of post-9/11 veterans who died or became at least 50 percent disabled while serving.
The Delano American Legion Family, alone, raised more than $15,000.
Statewide, the amount collected is more than $181,000.
“The final amount will be announced at the American Legion national convention Aug. 18 in Reno, NV,” Christenson said. “We are very confident that, by that time, Minnesota will be able to turn in $200,000.”
That was the statewide goal after raising about $150,000 in 2016.
Locally, organizers are appreciative of everyone in the Delano community who helped make the event a success, including businesses that made donations of cash or silent auction items and everyone who bought a motorcycle raffle ticket. Paul Elsen, of Loretto, won the motorcycle.