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16th Annual Christmas in July Toy Run

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It may be the middle of the summer, but to patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children® there is nothing like spending a Sunday waiting for Santa Claus! That’s right, Santa is coming to town on his motorcycle and bringing 500 of his closest motorcycle friends for the 16th Annual Christmas in July Toy Run on Sunday, July 29. Santa and his friends will arrive at the hospitals at 11:30 a.m.

The Philadelphia Chapter of the Centurions, a police sponsored motorcycle club, roars to Shriners Hospitals for Children every year, bearing gifts and cheer, led by none other than Santa himself.

The run leaves the Police Academy, 8500 State Road, at 11a.m. The group anticipates arriving at Shriners Hospital for Children between 11:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. The hospital is located at 3551 N. Broad Street @ Venango.

Officers from the elite Highway Patrol Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department will escort the convoy down Broad Street where patients wait with excitement. 

Bike clubs and bike enthusiasts are encouraged to ride and participate. Sign-ups are at the Police Academy from 8 -10 a.m., on the day of the ride. Entry frees are $20 per person or $30 per couple. If you participate in the ride, please bring a new, unwrapped toy. Sorry, no stuffed animals. Breakfast will be sizzling with omelets, home fries, coffee and pastries.

In addition to toys, monetary donations have been part of the annual event. To date, the group has collectively raised more than $119,125.

After the toy run, join us for a barbeque (all you can eat and live entertainment) at the Ukrainian Club, 847 North Franklin Street. For more information, call Frank C at 267-228-0804 or visit www.centurionsmc.org.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research, and outstanding medical education. The Philadelphia hospital provides care for congenital and acquired orthopaedic conditions as well as acute and rehabilitative care for children with spinal cord injuries. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. To learn more, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

The Philadelphia hospital provides care for congenital and acquired orthopaedic conditions, and acute and rehabilitative care for children with spinal cord injuries. For more information about the hospital's programs and services, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/philadelphia.