$76,000 raised at Nation Valley ATV Club’s 5th annual Ride for Dad

Dave Baker is sheared to collect over $3,600 in pledges at the conclusion of the 5th annual Ride for Dad organized by the Nation Valley ATV Club. Courtesy photo by Susan Sloane.

David Baker, with radio hosts Kenny (left) and Big Ginger, after the hair-cutting exercise. Courtesy photo by Susan Sloane.

NATION VALLEY — The Nation Valley ATV Club powered up their 5th Annual Annual Ride for Dad on Saturday with 286 riders and an estimated whopping $76,000 raised for the cause.

 

Steve Summers, Dave Baker, and Theo Janssen clocked in as the top pledge collectors. Baker, president of the Ontario Federation of ATVs, also dropped a bunch of hair as the grand finale to the Ride. He had pledged to shave his head and beard if his peers pledged him over $3,500 for the feat and wound up with $3,615.

Kenny and Big Ginger from Country 101.1’s morning show wielded the clippers and sheared Baker’s face and cranium at the wrap-up event in the South Mountain Ag Hall.

Riders travel the Nation Valley ATV Club’s network of trails in the Township of North Dundas during the fundraiser event. Popular milestone stops on the leisurely ride include the Ben’s Pioneer gas station on County Rd. 31 and a bonfire at the “400 Acres” near the Boyne Rd. landfill.

The Club was the first in Canada to replicate the Ride for Dad motorcycle concept, but with an ATV trail ride instead.

Organizers have also announced that a few committee members are stepping down and they’re looking to have replacements on board for the sixth annual edition of the Ride next year.  Email them if interested.

The top ten pledge collectors at this year’s Nation Valley ATV Ride for Dad. Courtesy photo by Susan Sloane.

 

The organizing committee for the Nation Valley ATV Club Ride for Dad event, which raised $76,000 this year. Courtesy photo by Susan Sloane.

 

Lunchtime at Ben’s Gas Bar, a popular stop on the Nation Valley ATV Club’s annual Ride for Dad, held last Saturday, March 4. Courtesy photo by Susan Sloane.