Over the past 14 years the Bow Tie Tavern, and members of the Road Weasels Motorcycle Club, staff, family, friends, have raised over $114,000 benefiting the Multiple Sclerosis Society by sponsoring an annual Poker Run. The event attracts bikers from all over West Michigan. Breakfast was provided for all the participants at the point of Departure , with a BBQ Dinner and refreshments waiting for them upon their return to the Bow Tie.
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.
The Bow Tie Tavern is located on the corner of Old Alpine Ave and 10 Miler Road and 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
|Mary Steinbrecher (front center) Cathy DuCharme (front left) Kim Erickson, (front right) with many of the other organizers of the event.|
|Some of the earlier arrivals|