10th Annual charity event set for Jan. 31 in Rangeley

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RANGELEY – The 10th Annual Busch Sport Scene Snowmobile Ride for Charity will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Club House Restaurant in Rangeley. There will be many NASCAR Camping World Series drivers and team members joining the ride again this year, as well as PASS, ACT and local track racers. The ride is open to everyone: teams, fans and all, so make your plans to ride with the best racers in the northeast!

It starts with an optional 10:30 a.m. drivers’ meeting at the Club House – which was formerly the People’s Choice (for those of you that attended in the past). Ride credentials can be purchased for $15 at the Club House starting at 9 a.m. You can ride with the 11 a.m. group or ride with your
own group at any time during the day. You can even purchase more than one ride credential, allowing better odds of holding the winning hand!

The $15 ride credential also gets you admission into the full night of entertainment at the Club House that evening. There will be dinner specials and drink specials exclusively for those with a ride credential. The proceeds from the ride will all go to several great charities including the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Special Olympics, Travis Roy Foundation, Rangeley Snowmobile Club, Busch Sport Scene Scholarship Fund and the Camping World Series Women’s Auxiliary and their various charities.

What is a poker run anyway? Once you get a ride credential, you ride to five separate check points, getting your credential stamped at each checkpoint. At the end of the ride, you get one card dealt for each stamp on your card. The person with the best five card poker hand will be the winner! For example, if the five cards you drew were two jacks, two aces and a two of hearts, that would be your hand for the event. The winner will be awarded a full prize package that will include some great snowmobile gear, gift certificates and more. There will be prizes for second and third best hand
as well.

The ride by snowmachine can be as quick as less than two hours or as long as you like if you take longer trail routes. Poker Run stops will be announced soon. Participants will meet back at the Club House at 6 PM. The cards will be dealt to see who has the best hand, which is announced at 7 p.m.

“The event is held rain or shine, snow or not. Many of the participants at the event don’t even ride snowmachines,” event organizer and Busch Sport Scene Publisher George Campbell said. “If anyone is concerned about the weather, or does not ride snowmobiles, each check point is accessible by car
as well as snowmachine, making it possible for those that do not ride snowmobiles to participate equally.”

Much of the fun takes place inside the Club House during the evening festivities, which are capped of by a comedy show featuring nationally known comedians Larry Myles and Rob Steen, pictured above.

Much of the fun takes place inside the Club House during the evening festivities, which are capped of by a comedy show featuring nationally known comedians Larry Myles and Rob Steen. Rob is a favorite of this event, having performed at this event several times in the past. His resume includes several appearances on the David Letterman Show as well as performances on MTV and the Comedy Channel.

There will be 100’s of raffle prizes and great auction items at the event. Some of the auction items will include great sports items including race tickets and signed memorabilia. Among the items included in the auction are several Patriots items including an NFL football signed by Teddy Bruschi as
well as several Red Sox signed items including one of Jonathan Papelbon. There will be plenty of great NASCAR items including signed Kevin Harvick, Joey Logano and Martin Truex items.

There will be lots of great non-sports items as well. Comedian Larry Myles will also serve as a guest auctioneer! Larry has performed in front of audiences from Los Angeles and Las Vegas to New York and Boston. He has also been featured on MTV and appeared on the hit TV show Law & Order. Raffle
tickets for the 100+ raffle items will be just $1 each or $10 for a dozen!

Steve Perry, host of the popular Mainely Motorsports television show, will be at the annual event with his crew riding & taping for a future episode. Mainely Motorsports airs on Time Warner Cable channels weekly through out northern New England.

“This is the tenth year I have been involved in this event,” Campbell said. “We are closing in on $100,000 raised over those years. We have some great plans for this year’s event, including several specials guests and many terrific auction items. If you are a race fan or a sports fan, you do not
want to miss this year’s event. Even if your not, it will be a great time for everyone and all the proceeds go directly to some great charities.”

Credentials for the event can be purchased for $10 in advance either at the Club House, the Rangeley Chamber or from Busch Sport Scene. The tickets will be $15 the day of the event. Busch Sport Scene is a New England based sports magazine. Current Busch Sport Scene subscribers will receive a $5 discount on the day of the event, as will NASCAR, PASS & ACT team members that present their licenses.

For room availability or directions, you can call the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-MT-LAKES. For more details, or to become a part of the event or make a donation, please email at scene@neracing.com or call Busch Sport Scene at 1-207-224-2060. There will also be news on the
www.neracing.com Web site.

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