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Manville-Hillsborough Elks host Hangover Ride New Year’s Day to Raise Funds for Army of Hope

The Manville-Hillsborough Elks MC is hosting a New Year's Day Ride to raise money for Army of Hope.  Credits: Rod Hirsch

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Bikers, shake off the cobwebs, grab your leathers and get ready to ride for a good cause on New Year’s Day.

The Manville Hillsborough Elks MC VIII annual Hangover Ride hopes to attract at least 250 motorcycles for a 37-mile ride that will raise money for Army of Hope, a national charity that helps veterans and their families with home repairs and professional services.

Sunday’s weather forecast looks favorable, with clear skies and local temperatures expected in the 40s, according to Dave Argen, coordinator of the event.

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The escorted ride will wind through Manville, Hillsborough, Montgomery, Rocky Hill, Somerset, New Brunswick and back through Hillsborough and Manville, Argen said.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge #2119, located at 1500 Brooks Blvd.

Kickstands are off the ground by 12:15 p.m., just 12 hours into the new year.  The group is expected to return to the Elks Lodge around 1:30 p.m.

The $10 entrance fee also includes lunch, according to Argen.

Now in its eighth year, the Hangover Ride was started by Elks Mark Nipps, Jeff Domitrowski and Mike Ziegler.

The weather has played a major factor in the number of bikers who ride on New Year’s Day, according to Argen. Last year there were 80 bikes registered. The local Elks lodge has raised over $10,000 during the previous seven years of the Hangover Ride, according to Argen.

The weather was so extreme in 2010 that only 3 riders participated – Nipps, Domitrowski and Ziegler, according to Argen.

Call 732-598-9512 for further information.

In 2003, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the USA launched a plan to assist families who have had a father or mother called to active duty with the military reserve or National Guard. An Army of Hope, comprised of carpenters, electricians, mechanics, plumbers, attorneys, doctors, accountants, teachers, and professional people and tradesmen of every type, has been mobilized by the Order of Elks.

These volunteers are at the ready to help families of those patriots called to serve. In 2,100 Elks Lodges across America one million members are poised to make minor repairs and provide professional services to keep homes functioning until loved ones return.

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