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Spirit of giving

The 10th annual Tucker’s Toy Run was held Nov. 7, starting and ending in Northampton with a trip to Fountain Hill in the middle.

The annual event saw an estimated 900 bikers leave from Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, 21st Street, and travel to St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill. COVID-19 restrictions this year limited motorcycling participants to a ride past the hospital. According to Lehigh Valley Community Benefit organizer Rick Nauman, thousands of toys that are normally delivered in person, when the bikers arrive and gather in front of the hospital, were transported earlier in the day by truck.

St. Luke’s pediatric staff lined Ostrum Street in Fountain Hill to cheer on the bikers as they rode past. Toys collected are provided to St. Luke’s University Health Network and are distributed to pediatric patients throughout the year.

After the ride, participants returned to Tri-Boro, where refreshments were served.

A raffle drawing was also part of the day, proceeds of which are used to support this event and other charitable causes. Bath resident John Herman was this year’s big raffle winner, taking home a 2020 Harley-Davidson.

The toy drive honors the late Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2011.

PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB, MIKE LUBERTI JR. AND SCOTT M. NAGY Rick Nauman, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit organizer, leads a group of motorcyclists from Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, 21st Street in Northampton, to St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill, during Tucker's Toy Run Nov. 7.
Grace Hutterer Bandzi is ready to ride in the 10th annual benefit event, which supplies toys to pediatric patients.
Participants in Tucker's Toy Run gather in the parking lot of Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club before their trip to St. Luke's Hospital.
Bath resident John Herman celebrates winning the top raffle prize - a 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special. Also pictured is Summer Resh, who picked his winning ticket.
Dave and Carol Heffner get in the holiday spirit during the benefit event.
Tyler Hahola and Sheila Yudt sell commemorative Tucker's Toy Run shirts. Marking its 10th year, the ride honors the life of Tucker Stuart, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2011.
Michele Bunce prepares for the trip to Fountain Hill. COVID-19 restrictions this year limited participants to a ride past the hospital instead of spending time with staff and patients.