Three cheers to the Lady Pantherz, an all women's motorcycle club, for sponsoring a successful charity softball tournament last month in Queens, NY. The game went down on July 31, and was complete with great food, raffle prizes, and the spinning talents of a local DJ. The group proudly raised $1,500-all of which benefited the ASPCA.
"We have been hosting annual charity events since our group began nearly 10 years ago," says long time Pantherz member, Phyllis Younker. "This year we didn't even bother voting, we knew we wanted to support the ASPCA."
With nearly 200 in attendance, the fun kicked-off with 10 teams taking to the field and competing for the winning slot in the single-elimination tournament. For a $25 registration fee, each contestant was provided with a team t-shirt, player trophy, sponsor certificate and an all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet. Aside from watching the big game, spectators were eager to snap up raffle tickets and groove to the beats while learning about the ASPCA's mission. Orange wristbands, ASPCA key rings, educational literature and other goodies were all supplied by the ASPCA.
"It was a great deal for everyone, and we made it cost effective," says Younker. "While we had to purchase some of the supplies, we also reached out to local businesses to help support our efforts-we received donations from BJs Wholesale Club and Dick's Sporting Goods, as well as raffle prizes from local shops."
Taking pride in their efforts to help fight animal cruelty, the Lady Pantherz-along with their pooches-capped off the eventful day with a feel-good sigh of accomplishment.
"There was a lot that went into pulling this event off, but in the end it was all about the animals," says Younker. "We are more than a group of women who enjoy riding motorcycles-we're bikers who love our community, our pets and the ASPCA!"
For more information about launching your own fundraising efforts on behalf of the ASPCA, please contact Claire McCabe at [email protected].