Bunny Run supports Sipe's Orchard Home

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HICKORY — For five years, it has been an event that has put the fun in Easter for almost 50 children and teens who attend Sipe’s Orchard Home. It is called the Bunny Run, and is sponsored by Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson in Hickory.

“We want to keep our charity contributions local,” said Steve Amari, marketing manager for Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson. “We do events for several organizations in the area each year, but Sipe’s Orchard is special to us. We really try to give to the community. People have a misconception of bikers because of the reputation of the Hell’s Angels. But bikers are some of the most generous people you will ever meet.”

Amari said 120 bikers were involved last year for the Bunny Run. Five years ago there were only 30.

“I’d like to see us get 200 of our hogs out there this year,” Amari said He is quick to explain that locally a hog is a part of the Harley Owners Group.

The highlight of the Bunny Run is seeing 120 bikers ride up onto the campus of Sipe’s Orchard with an Easter bunny pulled in a basket behind a Harley. It is like seeing John Wayne riding into town on his horse.

The Easter bunny under the fur and the ears for five years has been Cindy Martin.

“I get into this as much as the kids,” Martin said. “We give out candy and toys and what we call boo-boo bunnies.”

Martin said a boo-boo bunny is a home-crafted bunny made out of a wash cloth by several volunteers.

“It’s meant for the little ones,” she said, “who when they fall someone can put ice in the boo-boo bunny and put it on their boo-boo. Clever? It really helps with their self-esteem to know that somebody cares for them.”

Sipe’s Orchard Home CEO Jaime Brown said funds raised by the Bunny Run will go to the backpack program so kids have food to take home with them over the weekend.

Brown said his campus provides pre-school classes for needy families and for teens who would either be homeless out on the street or for those who have aged out of foster care. Two new cottages for residents will be open later this month to house even more.

“You don’t have to own a Harley to be part of the Bunny Run,” Amari said. “You can drive your car or even your bicycle. We just want as many people who can make it out to support the kids.”

Registration for the Bunny Run starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson, 2002 13th Ave. Drive, SE. Kickstands up at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $ 10. When the event is over a barbecue lunch will be served back at Blue Ridge Harley-Davidson for all participants. The public is welcome. For more information, call 828-327-3030.

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Craig Ballantyne

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