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

Lyme Ride Thank You!


We want to thank everyone who came out to support the Tenth 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 on the hottest day of the year, and yet as hot as it was, the event had another huge turnout raising over $25,000 and keeping us Connecticut’s largest poker run.

It was brutally hot, and we would like to give a special recognition to the dedicated crew of volunteers whom it takes to host this event. There are 52 volunteers who helped in setting up for the ride, 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, Mohegan Sun, Niantic Bay Boat Valet, The Law Offices of John Haymond, Annelli Paving, Trantolo and Trantolo, LLC, and Family Pizza Restaurant and Grill.  Silver level sponsors were: Paul’s and Sandy’s Too, Bauman’s Lawn Care, Medtronics, Clark’s Landscaping, General Paving, 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, Boyden Real Estate, M&J Bus, and Toyota of Colchester.  

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 excelled yet again thanks to the continued year after year hard work of Lynn Anderson Mancini, Mallorie Mancini, and Devyn Standish.

The 2016 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 prepping and planning for the ride.  A special shout out to Victor Chasse for all the extra work you took on to make this ride a success, and your 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, 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 for all the photos of this year’s event, and to Shannon Weum and Dimitri Valkanos for taking overhead drone pictures.  This year’s ride featured the band, Pop City, thanks to Steve Wovkanech.

Thanks Cody
Eifler and Ryan Spalla for heading out at 5 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, The Monkey Farm in Old Saybrook, The Lyme Tavern in Niantic, and The Colchester Fish and Game Club where the ride was hosted.  Thanks to Lori Eifler, Sharon Floyd, Rich Eifler, Mike Gripps, Beth Brule, Diana Drake, Katie Brule, Shelby Mejza, Kristen Hubbard, Corin Lilly, Donna McLaughlin, Honey, Andrew Gargano, Jacquelyn Eifler and Deby Walls for staffing the poker run stops.  The new registration system continued to work smooth, quick and efficient thanks to Terry Chasse, Ria, Denise Dube, Dawn Mazzola, Dee Daboll, Faith Herman, Jessica Chasse, and Marissa Mazzola.

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Please check out our website www.ctlymeriders.com and follow us on Facebook.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year’s ride on Sunday August 13, 2017, for the 11th Annual Lyme ride!

Brule & Tony Gargano
Co-Founders of CT Lyme Riders, Inc.
Colchester, Connecticut


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 Dedicated to Raising Awareness and the Education of Lyme Disease