Though the sum of donations benefitting the Conway Animal Welfare Unit raised at Hawgs for Dogs on Saturday is not yet known, officials at Landers Toad Suck Harley Davidson said the turnout speaks for the event’s success.
"I think we raised a lot of money today. We’re doing a lot of good right now," Carrie Seifert Tate, finance manager at LTSHD, said. "This touches an emotional part of us. Bikers love their babies."
Various fundraising opportunities were available at the event at the LTSHD location in Conway.
Bikers participating in the Poker Run rode to five checkpoints and received one playing card. The contestant with the best poker hand donated the cash winnings, $85, to the Welfare Unit.
A 50/50 drawing afforded a lucky entry $192 for themselves and $192 to the Welfare Unit.
The unit’s mobile adoption trailer was on hand with groomed and adoptable animals ready for homes.
Welfare Unit Manager Shona Osborne thanked attendees for their consideration of the cause and reminded the crowd that as the city of Conway grows, the city’s pet population grows as well.
"We can’t move them out of our unit fast enough," Osborne said.
Tate said the Hawgs for Dogs event was "very different" for the business.
"It’s not typical, but again, it’s a way to help our community," Tate said. "At the Toad Suck location, we want to be very involved in Conway on many levels, from volunteer work to raising money for different causes. One of our causes happens to be the Animal Welfare Unit. All of us here have animals and many have rescued animals so it’s a real soft spot for us."
According to Tate, Hawgs for Dogs will be an annual event for the business.
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