Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fundraiser at Bow Tie Tavern brings out the best

Dawn Preston
The Bow Tie Tavern has been a part of Alpine Township for about three fourth of a century. It was established in 1929 and before it was called the Bow Tie Tavern, it was known under several other names, including the Blue Tavern. The Tavern is located on the corner of Old Alpine Ave. and 10 Mile Rd. What may go unnoticed in the community is that the proprietor Mary Steinbrecher hosts a number of annual fundraisers. One of these each year is a Poker Run that begins with breakfast at the Bow Tie and ends there with a dinner and entertainment upon completion of the Run. Over the past 14 years, the staff and patrons of the Bow Tie Tavern have raised over $100,000 for Multiple Sclerosis with the help of the Road Weasels Motorcycle Club and many other sponsors.

It all began with the friendship between Kim Erickson and Dawn Preston. They knew each other for a long time before Dawn was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In the United States, about 10,000 to 15,000 people are diagnosed with this chronic disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which is made up of the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerve. This motivated Kim Erickson and other friends to organize a fundraiser.

Mary Steinbrecher, Cathy DuCharme and Kim Erickson with Dawn Preston in forefront.

Bikers arrived one by one in the morning

Live broadcast by 107.3 FM WBBL the Grillin' Guys

Mid Morning

Late afternoon


Some just enjoyed staying inside

Dave Scheidel

Sparta Fire Department once again caught across Township boundaries

 The Master Grillers
Sparta's Ladder Truck provided the colors

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