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10th annual Tucker Toy Run adapts to COVID

The 10th annual Tucker’s Toy Run was held Nov. 7 with COVID-19 restrictions limiting motorcycling participants to a ride past the St. Luke’s University Health Network hospital in Fountain Hill. According to Lehigh Valley Community Benefit organizer Rick Nauman, thousands of toys normally delivered in person, when the bikers arrive and gather in front of the hospital, were transported earlier in the day by truck.

The annual event saw an estimated 900 bikers leave from Triboro Sportsmen Club in Northampton, travel to Fountain Hill and return to the club, where refreshments were served and a raffle drawing was held raising funding to support this and other charitable causes.

Bath resident John Herman was this year’s big raffle winner, taking home a 2020 Harley-Davidson.

St. Luke’s pediatric staff lined Ostrum Street, cheering on the bikers as they rode past. Toys collected are provided to the hospital network and are distributed to pediatric patients throughout the year.

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

PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT M. NAGY The annual event has an estimated 900 bikers leave from Triboro Sportsmen Club in Northampton, travel to Fountain Hill and return to the club.
PRESS PHOTO BY SCOTT M. NAGY Participants in Tucker's Toy Run gather Nov. 7 in the parking lot of Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club in Northampton before their annual trip to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill.
RIGHT: St. Luke's staff and some family members wait for the ride-by to arrive at a sign thanking the Tucker's Toy Ride participants. PRESS PHOTOS BY DANA GRUBB
Carter and Hailey Crimi hold a sign to welcome motorcyclists and their riders. Their mother Holly is a pediatric nurse at St. Luke's.
ABOVE: Pediatric patient Jennifer Emrey and her mom Emma watch Tucker's Toy Run participants from the sidewalk. “This was really nice,” said the teen patient. “I liked a lot of the bikes.” They reside in Parryville.
Organizer Rick Nauman leads about 900 bikers up Ostrum Street past St. Luke's in Fountain Hill.
Motorcyclists ride all sizes and models, including this one with a sidecar.
Bath resident John Herman wins the top raffle prize, a 2020 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Special and is photographed with Summer Resh, who picked his winning ticket.