CT Lyme Riders, Inc.
Special Thanks
Lyme Ride Thank You!


 We want to thank everyone who came out to support the 11th Annual Lyme Disease Motorcycle Poker Run. Without you the riders, we would not have such a wonderful and successful event.  The run is designed to bring awareness to Lyme disease and raise money for Lyme research and education.  This year’s ride was the biggest yet, and set an attendance record of 606 riders keeping us Connecticut’s largest poker run.  Through the generosity of the riders and sponsors, we raised and incredible $24,117

We would like to give a special recognition to the dedicated crew of volunteers whom it takes to host this event.  There are 52 total volunteers who helped in setting up for the ride the night before, to running registration, working the poker run stops, serving food, prepping food, cleaning up, and many other tasks, and we thank you for all your sweat, time, hard work, and commitment to the continued success of The Lyme Ride. 


This year’s Chrome level sponsors were: Gano’s Power Equipment, John Gagnon’s Pet Resort, Niantic Bay Boat Valet, The Law Offices of John Haymond, Annelli Paving, Trantolo and Trantolo, LLC, and Family Pizza Restaurant and Grill.  Gold level sponsors were: Mohegan Sun, 1800 Band, and Colonel Landscaping.  Silver level sponsors were: Paul’s and Sandy’s Too, Bauman’s Lawn Care, Medtronics, Clark’s Landscaping, and Sign Professionals.  Poker run stop sponsors were: Mark’s United Auto Parts, T.M. Burrow’s Agency, Currie’s Plumbing and Heating, Troiano Auto, The Paradise Agency, Colchester Veterinary Hospital, Dr. George Mantikas, Hyde Park Landscaping, M&J Bus, General Paving and S&S Worldwide.  


To each business that donated a raffle prize, we really appreciate it.  We know it is tough always being asked to donate, and that you have many choices for your charitable giving, but you came through with great prizes for the raffle.  Raffle and 50/50 ticket sales were yet again a huge part of the event, thanks to the continued year after year hard work of Lynn Anderson Mancini, Mallorie Mancini, and Devyn Standish.


The 2017 Lyme ride committee was Tony Gargano, Sandy Brule, Victor Chasse, Terry Chasse, Lynn Anderson Mancini, Ria (Ann Marie Carcia Gagliardi), Lori Eifler, Rich Eifler and Carl Reguin.  Thanks for all the continued hard work.  A special shout out to Victor Chasse for all the extra work you take on to make this ride a success, and your continued dedication to the Lyme Ride!


A special thank you to Christos Valkanos of Family Pizza & Restaurant for catering the food for the ride, it was outstanding, and also to Doug Tedford, Jim Martyszczyk, David Dube, Uncle Bob Garro, and Joe Rooney for all your hard work to get the food prepped and ready for the riders when they return, and to Jason Eifler for keeping the food organized and the food lines running smoothly as the riders returned.  Thanks Frank Gargano and Kelly Palmer, of Kelly Jean Photography, and Dexter of Haymond Law for all the photos of this year’s event, and to Shannon Weum for taking overhead drone pictures and videos.  This year’s ride featured one of our favorite bands doing a special reunion concert, Thank you 1800 Band – Turk, Steve, Ross and Kenny! 


Thanks to Cody Eifler, Jim Martyszczyk, Lumpy, Kevin Jacoby, and Jason Eifler for setting up the tents and getting the property prepped for the ride.  Also to Cody Eifler and Ryan Spalla for heading out at 6 am to get the poker run stop route arrows set for the riders.  This year’s ride poker run stops were: The The Gelston House in East Haddam, Loco Perro in East Hampton, The Sports Bar in Windhamm The Tap Room in Lebanon, and The Colchester Fish and Game Club where the ride was hosted.  Thanks to Lori Eifler, Sharon Floyd, Coco Chasse, Mike Gripps, Beth Brule, Deb Morton, Katie Brule, Elijah Rodgers, Kristen Hubbard, Corin Lilly, Donna McLaughlin, Honey, Dawn Mazzola, Marissa Mazzola, Carmen Caron, Cierra Caron, Andrew Gargano, Jacquelyn Eifler for staffing the poker run stops.  Registration of all 606 people worked smooth, quick and efficient thanks to Terry Chasse, Ria, Denise Dube, Dawn Mazzola, Dee Daboll, Jessica Chasse, Coco Chasse, Carmen & Cierra Caron, Brittany Spalla, and Marissa Mazzola.


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Sandy Brule & Tony Gargano

Co-Founders of CT Lyme Riders, Inc.


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 Dedicated to Raising Awareness and the Education of Lyme Disease