Collaborative effort to benefit children who visit St. Elizabeth Emergency Department
The American Legion Riders will hold the 10th Annual Teddy Bear Ride on Saturday August 24, at 12 p.m. to benefit children who visit the St. Elizabeth Florence Emergency Department. The ride begins at the American Legion Post 4 at 8385 U.S. Highway 42 in Florence and continues to St. Elizabeth Florence.
Anyone interested in experiencing the excitement and thrill of witnessing more than 100 Harley Davidson motorcycles? Come watch them roar up to the hospital’s main entrance at the St. Elizabeth Florence location.
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This event was started by the director of the Florence American Legion Riders in 2010 to “help put a smile on a child’s face when experiencing a visit to the hospital or emergency room.” This event has become a tradition for the community. In the past ten years, more than 30,000 bears have been donated, creating 30,000 smiles on a child’s face.
According to event organizers the American Legion Post exceeded its goal of 3,000 bears last year and has high hopes of exceeding that goal this year as well.