Cresson Legion holds 10th, final motorcycle run

Courtesy photo Participants in the Cresson American Legion’s 10th and final motorcycle run to benefit local veterans included (from left): Ronald “Buster” Evon, Jenny Semaj, Greg “Fuzzy” Muriceak, Sandy Eckenrode and Abby Reffner. Jenny and Abby are Sandy’s daughters.

CRESSON — On March 28, 2010, Ed Eckenrode of Cresson suddenly passed away. It was a shock to his family, community and his friends at the Cresson American Legion.

After his death as plans were underway for the construction of a Legion Memorial Wall, a plan was devised by Greg “Fuzzy” Muriceak and Ronald “Buster” Evon to hold a motorcycle run organized in his honor to benefit the “Wall That Whispers.”

The first run was held in July 2010, with the Memorial Wall being the first recipient of the funds generated.

In the 10 years since the run began, more than $140,000 has been raised for many deserving community groups and especially veterans.

Other recipients were Cresson Veterans Park, Com-munity in Schools, Project Healing Waters, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Group and their auxiliary and the Keystone Pinups.

Last year, the run held for Melissa Lutz Cordek, a veteran with ALS, raised more than $19,000.

This was the 10th and final year of the run. The Legion thanks everyone who helped to achieve its great success.