The fifth annual Motorcycles for Mutts (& kitties too) ride was held on August 13. Despite a weather forecast for Rockford that kept many folks from attending, they had a fabulous day. The ride was routed to go to east and south of Rockford, so they only had about five miles of rain to contend with the whole day. It just goes to prove: If you don’t like the weather in Michigan, wait five minutes; it will change. Organizer Lori Vorpi of Vorpi Chiropractic stated, “We had 32 bikes and about 50 riders join us for the whole day to support C-SNIP and the ASPCA. We were able to raise $3,000 for our charities. C-SNIP has now performed over 70,000 low-cost and no-cost spay and neuter procedures.” Road captains Jason Fisher and Bill Mong and fellow road captains Russ Baker, Jim Pate and Paul Flanery planned the route for Saturday with an obvious vision for avoiding Mother Nature. The grand prize winner was John Ritter of Rockford. He was presented with two round-trip airline tickets donated by AirTran by Kristie Swan and C-SNIP Director Pat Schoen.
Charity motorcycle ride to benefit C-SNIP, ASPCA Vorpi Chiropractic, located at 11741 Cedar Rock Drive NE in Rockford, has announced the route line-up for the fifth annual Motorcycles for Mutts and Kitties Too charity motorcycle ride on Saturday, August 13. This ride benefits both C-SNIP, West Michigan’s only nonprofit spay and neuter clinic, as well as the ASPCA. Registration costs are $25 per bike or $35 with a passenger and includes a BBQ lunch for each rider. The ride will begin gathering at 9:30 a.m. with registration at Vorpi Chiropractic. The 150-mile scenic ride begins at Vorpi Chiropractic and includes stops at Flat River Grill in Lowell, then south into Middleville for lunch at Swamp Fox, west into Allendale’s Main Street Pub, and then around into Grand Rapids to visit The Muze at 4 Mile and Alpine Ave. Awesome promotions are planned at each stop as well with the Budweiser Girls, Gilmore Collection prizes, Sailor Jerry’s Spiced Rum, and so much more. The ride is a five-card “poker style” ride with the winner receiving round-trip airline tickets from AirTran to anywhere they fly! Raffle prize drawings are also scheduled for all day. Additional information can be found at www.motorcyclesformutts.com, www.csnip.org, on Facebook at the group page Motorcycles for Mutts, or call Vorpi Chiropractic at (616) 866-1081. Be sure to set the date on your calendar for this memorable and fun event to benefit C-SNIP and the ASPCA, on Saturday, August 13.
Tina Weiler was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on Sweetest Day in October last year. She was young, just 38, and felt fine until acute back pain put her in the emergency room. She couldn’t believe the diagnosis. Luckily, after undergoing months of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant in March of this year, Weiler has responded well to nearly 10 months of hospitals, tests and treatments. She has what she considers fairly good insurance, although the cost out of pocket for her treatment and medicines to date well exceeds $10,000. Having a life-threatening illness can be a wake-up call, and in Weiler’s case, she decided to consider her good fortune of promising response to treatments to the best possible cause she can—to help a neighboring Rockford man in his own fight against cancer. David Cox and his wife Carmen are dear friends and neighbors to Weiler and her husband, Jim. The loving husband, father, son, uncle, brother and friend was diagnosed January 17 this year with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, an aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. He has been receiving aggressive chemotherapy treatments that leave him nauseated, weak, extremely fatigued and unable to work. His wife has become the primary caretaker, all while trying to juggle her commitment to her own career. The couple have been informed that a bone marrow transplant is required if David is to survive. The Cox family is like many today with less than the best medical insurance. The cost of his treatments, hospital stays and medications—some may need to be taken for the rest of David’s life—has put a tremendous financial burden on the Cox family. Weiler said the plight of the Cox family is all too familiar—a health and financial shock that few see coming. She is part of a team of neighbors, friends and family putting forth efforts into organizing a fundraiser scheduled for September 24 starting at noon—a two-option event of either a day of golf or a 100-mile scenic motorcycle ride followed by a dinner and live and silent auctions with the money going to help the Cox family pay for the expenses of David’s treatments. “This gives me something to focus on besides myself and that’s a good thing,” Weiler stated, showing a plucky attitude that […]
Residents and business owners are invited to pitch in for an upcoming event which benefits good causes. The Rockford American Legion Post, 330 Rockford Park Drive, will be the site of a Classic Car Show on June 4. In addition to the car show, there will be a BBQ and specialty foods, a chili cook-off, contests, raffle and rock-climbing wall. Organizer Lori Vorpi of Vorpi Chiropractic is holding the event to raise money for the nonprofits Wounded Warrior Project and Pets and Vets. She said there are some items the public or business community can donate to help make the event more successful. Vorpi is asking for donations of athletic shoes in good used condition for girls, boys, women and men in every size to be used for the 30’ rock-climbing wall with the U.S. Army. “People come to summer events in flip flops and can’t climb the wall, so I would like to have some shoes available,” Vorpi said. The event would also benefit from the donation of bottled water, juice boxes, and pop—cans and plastic bottles only please, no glass. Any donation you make is 100% tax deductible. Vorpi thanks you all so much for your help! Please bring any donations you would like to supply to her office anytime between now and May 20. Vorpi Chiropractic is located at 11741 Cedar Rock Drive NE, Rockford. The Classic Car Show lot will be open at 9 a.m. with the show starting at 11 a.m. The cost is $10 per car and will have top 20 awards, best in show, a commander’s choice and people’s choice winners. There will be an awards presentation by local veterans at 3:30 p.m. and goodie bags and dash plaques for the first 100 entries. The show and events are open to the public.
Heritage Weekend is the celebration of Rockford’s history, and the Rockford Chamber of Commerce (RCC) invites you to take a step back in time and enjoy a simpler life with special Harvest Fest events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 2 and 3. During Heritage Weekend visitors can enjoy hayrides, strolling entertainment, music, a caricature artist, scarecrow making, kids’ tractor pull, the Great Pumpkin and a variety of fall activities. Remember old-fashioned games like sack races, hula-hoop contests and the limbo? These fun games and children activities, along with the Great Pumpkin, will be set up in Garden Club Park in downtown Rockford. Best of all, participation in the good old-fashioned games and children’s activities are free! D&W Plaza is the place to be to see local emergency vehicles, including the Rockford Police/D.A.R.E. car, Rockford fire engines and Rockford Ambulance for bike safety. Visitors can participate in a blood drive with Michigan Blood, get a flu shot and enjoy family fun by participating in children’s games and pumpkin painting. Rockford’s 25th Annual Harvest Fest Chili Cook-off is a sure-fired winner, and the local fire chiefs who judge the contest know all about fires. The Harvest Fest Fourth Annual Car Show is predicted to be bigger and better this year. This event has showcased incredible cars dating from Model T’s and street rods to elegant classics. Visiting families and friends share histories with each other, noting cars they grew up with or seeing their dream car. Ask your firefighter friends who are judging this contest what is their favorite “ride.” The Kids’ Tractor Pull will be featured during the Car Show and is sure to be fun for all. Before the children get on their mark to get set and go, the Rockford coloring contest winners will be announced. Those interested in participating in the coloring contest may go to D&W Fresh Market, The Rockford Squire newspaper or Vorpi Chiropractic to get an entry form. Last, but not least, is the Rockford Fiddle Fest. The third annual West Michigan Fiddle Competition will be a tribute to the music of yesteryear. Talented musicians will be competing for prize money in the Junior, Teen and Adult divisions. Prize money for each division ensures the event will be very competitive […]