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Angel Ride

Riding to Save the Tatas

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Dan and Cathy Moore, of Fort Dodge ride their 2014 Victory Cross Country Touring bike along Hawkeye Avenue as they return to Amigos during the 2016 Angel Ride to Save the TaTas. The event is a fundraiser to help fight breast cancer.

Whether they’re riding motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans or even a party bus, participants in the 13th annual Angel Ride to Save the Tatas will have one mission: raising money for breast cancer patients.

The Angel Ride is this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at Amigos, 280 N. First St.

Dawn Wesley, president of the Angel Ride to Save the Tatas, said the ride will travel all over north central Iowa to different bars to help raise funds to support those who suffer from breast cancer.

The stops this year include the Riverside Tavern in Lehigh; Rails Bar & Grill in Eagle Grove; The Blue Moose in Renwick; Randy’s Bar in Livermore; The Junkyard in Barnum, and finishing back at Amigos in Fort Dodge.

Wesley said the money raised goes towards uninsured services for breast cancer patients.

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Linda Donner, Lynda Lowrey and Shirley Hottman work the registration booth at the first Angel Ride, which had a trilingual theme to the shirts. Check-in was at the city square the first year, instead of Amigos, and about 200 people rode.

“It’s become a very well-known ride,” Wesley said. “I feel that a lot of people have used our funds, so they know that our funds actually do stay local, so that has really made it important to a lot of people in the Fort Dodge area for the simple fact they have loved ones, or they themselves have used our services and see our services are truly designed to help patients in the local area.”

Every year, the Angel Ride tries to add something new, and this year is no exception.

This year there will be a game that organizers are calling “Bra Pong.”

“There’s a pink ball and they try to get it into a bra that’s hanging off of a board,” Wesley said, adding that whoever wins gets a door prize.

And on some of the Angel Ride’s stops there will be a contest called “Bling a Bra,” where a bra will be decorated and then auctioned off during the live auction later on in the evening.

Wesley said this year will also include a paper chain.

Participants will either write down their name, the name of someone they know who has fought cancer, or someone who has lost their life to the disease, and all the slips of paper will be linked together.

“There are different colored strips of paper representing all the different cancers, and then we’re going to link them all together and we’re going to hang it at the end so we can see how we’re all linked together as far as cancer has impacted all of us,” Wesley said.

There will also be a live and silent auction as in previous years.

And there will also be a party bus.

Wesley said it’s $20 per person to ride the bus.

Any form of transportation is welcome on the Angel Ride.

While some people may consider the fact that it’s the 13th Angel Ride and it’ll be on July 13 unlucky, Wesley said it’s the opposite.

“It’s a lucky number,” she said. “It’s a lucky 13. What are the odds that our 13th year ended up being on the 13th of July?”

The theme of this year is “Don’t gamble with your tatas.”

Registration will be at Amigos on the day of the event. It costs $15 per person to register.

But she added that those interested can also register by logging on to the Facebook page Angel Ride to Save the Tatas and sending a message.

Wesley can also be reached at 571-6862.