As 19-year-old Mariah Swingle continues to recover from a serious motorcycle accident that occurred last month, the community continues to show support for her and her family.
Around 100 bikes turned out for a poker run Saturday morning. For $10 a bike or $15 per double, motorcyclists enjoyed the 73 mile ride to help raise money for the Mariah Swingle Benefit Fund.
"Just thank you as a community for coming together the way you have," said Jeff Swingle, Mariah’s father. "I really appreciate it. She’s doing very well. She’s aware of all of her injuries, and they’re going to try to get her up and maybe walk this week, so that’s going to be the biggest thing right there. She was released to do anything she needed for physical therapy."
Six different motorcycle groups in the area helped organize Saturday’s run. If you’d like to show your support to Mariah, you have another opportunity to do so on Sunday.
"Tomorrow we’re having, out at the Fieldhouse and the Event Center, an auction and food," Jeff Swingle said. "It’s starts at 1:00 p.m. and should be over around 6:00 p.m."
Bill’s Barbeque Pit will be supplying the food for a $7 donation. The live auction begins at 3:00 p.m. and there will also be games for kids, a silent auction, and a Chinese auction.