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John Elway Signs Football for the 2011 Sleigh Riders [VIDEOS]

I had this dream of helping kids and my community many years ago and in 2006 my dream finally came true thanks to hundreds of you with the same desire.  Since 2006 the Sleigh Riders have been getting together on the last Sunday before Christmas to raise toys for Santa Cops of Weld County.  Many things have happened along the way that humble and blow me away and this year is no different because this year we have one of the coolest things we have ever had to give away at this years after party at Whiskey River.

Donna Darling

This year the Sleigh Riders have been blessed for many reasons and one of those was how this special football came to be this year.

A good friend of mine, Donna Darling, who works for John Elway Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram in Greeley approached me about becoming a sponsor for this years toy run.  Now, if them jumping on board as a corporate sponsor wasn’t enough, Donna actually went out of her way to contact John’s PR team and requested a signed football!  Well, not only was John Elway more than willing to fulfill this wish but he went one further and actually signed it specifically for the 2011 Sleigh Riders.

As good as this would look in my own home one of you who will be donating toys on Sunday December 18th on behalf of the Sleigh Riders will take this football home.  Each toy that is donated {up to 10} you will receive a raffle ticket towards winning this and all the great prizes we give away every year.  [The toy’s you donate must be new and unwrapped.]

Last year’s run was the best to date {2200 toys raised} but this years route is the farthest and goes literally from one end of town to the other; 28 controlled intersections to be exact and I can’t thank the G.P.O.A. enough for all they do to make this run happen.  The parade ride this year leaves from Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffee and Smoothies {they will be opening especially for the Sleigh Riders} in the St. Michael Town Square {SW corner of Hwy 34 & 65th Ave.} at Noon.  The route goes North on 65th Ave all the way to 10th St where the ride will turn and go East all the way down to 8th Ave.  The ride then goes South on 8th Ave all the way to 25th St where the run turns East again and into the Whiskey River.  Here is another video of last year’s toy run from a POV.

Lots of great prizes to give away including this specially signed football from John Elway, gift cards from Thunder Mountain Harley Davidson and Greeley Harley, pizzas from Papa John’s, gift cards from Aqua Bay Tans and lots more.  Live music from Psycho X starts at 12:30 and the traditional $5 Sleigh Riders lunch will be provided by Alberto’s once again.

The event is FREE to everyone and anyone with the exception of food and drink. The only entry fee is at least one brand new unwrapped toy.  The first 300 who show up on motorcycles will get a FREE Sleigh Riders shirt and a Sleigh Riders 2011 bar patch as my way of saying thank you.   If you don’t ride just bring a toy or two to Whiskey River and join the party.  Each toy you donate gets you one raffle ticket. {Up to 10} ALL TOYS ARE COLLECTED AT THE END!

If you plan on riding in this years toy run please visit the Sleigh Ridersevent‘ page and confirm and be sure to ‘like‘ the official Sleigh Riders page on FB as well.

Photo courtesy of Donna Darling

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