2017 Charity Motorcycle Ride & Community Day

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Saturday, September 23


Here's a snapshot of the day's events:

  • 9:00-10:45 am:  Charity Motorcycle Registration.  Click here to print out registration and waiver.  
  • 11:00 am - 2:00 pm:  Charity Motorcycle Ride led by the Guardian Knights.
  • 2:00 - 5:00 pm:  Palmyra Area ChiliFest & Chili Cook-Off.  Click here to print out Cook's Registration.  Click here for Sponsorship Info.
  • 2:00 - 6:00 pm:  FREE food featuring Pig Roast, beef BBQ, hot dogs from Berks, walking tacos, various salads, snacks, and plenty of dessert.
  • 2:00 - 6:00 pm:  FREE inflatables by Tents and Events and Eagle Rental, Carnival Games, Door Prizes, Balloons by Trist'n Shout Balloons (3-6 pm), Vendor and Business Booths, and Music.
    • 2:30 - 3:00 pm:  Music by First United Methodist Praise Team
    • 3:00 - 3:30 pm:  Music by Mark Wesling
    • 3:30 - 4:00 pm:  Music by Zaylon Hoffman
  • 2:00 - 7:30 pm:  Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank Blood Drive
  • 4:00 - 4:15 pm:  Melon Walk sponsored by Paramount Sports Complex.
  • 4:15 - 4:30 pm:  Pie-Eating Contest sponsored by Cassel's Bakery.
  • 4:45 - 5:15:  Music by the Gravel Hill Praise Team
  • 5:15 pm:  Door Prize Winners Announced.  Click here to print out your Door Prize Ticket.
  • 5:30 pm:  Vacation Bible School Dance Party.
  • 6:00 - 7:00 pm:  FREE ZooAmerica Presentation.
  • 7:00 - 7:45 pm:  Contemporary Worship featuring the Gravel Hill Praise Team and a message from Pastor Shawn Lochinger.

**Due to the rainy weather, satellite parking will be available at North Londonderry Township Building and Victory Christian Fellowship, both on East Ridge Road.  Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from 2-8 pm.  Thank you to North Londonderry Township Supervisors, Victory Christian Fellowship, and The Palmyra Bowling Alley for accommodating our event once again!  

Additional Charity Ride Information:  The Guardian Knights are back once again to lead our Cycles for Life Charity Motorcycle Ride.  All proceeds from the ride will go to Katye's Helping Hands, a local non-profit organization that supports the families of fallen police officers and fire fighters.  The ride route will be determined closer to the event date.  Free food will be available for all riders before and after the ride along with a gift to all participants.  Each rider will be eligible to win a door prize.  Door Prize winners will be announced immediately following the ride in the lobby of Gravel Hill UMC.  Rain date for the ride will be Sunday, September 24.  

Additional ChiliFest & Chili Cook-Off Information:  The second annual Palmyra Area ChiliFest & Chili Cook-Off is coming to Gravel Hill for 2017.  Last year ChiliFest was held at Trinity UCC and despite the weather, we had over 200 people come out to enjoy the food and the cook-off.  Speaking of the cook-off, in 2016 we had ten cooks competing for the best chili in the area.  Judges from Babe's Grill, Lisa's Cafe, and Texas Roadhouse awarded the Top 3 Chili Cooks and the people selected the People's Choice.  Check out the Palmyra Area ChiliFest Facebook Page for last year's photos and up-to-the-minute info on this year's event.  Cook Registration is FREE this year for those who enter before August 15, 2017.  Registration forms and Sponsorship Forms are available in the "Snapshot" section above.  


Additional Community Day Information:  Since 2010, Community Day has been an event created for two purposes.  The first purpose was and continues to be to provide Palmyra and the surrounding communities with a fun, family-oriented event which is free to everyone who attends.  Free food.  Free Balloons.  Free Games.  Free Music.  It is an opportunity for fellowship and laughter and memory-making.

The second purpose was and continues to be to raise money through good-will donations to help a local charity or family in need.  Over the past seven years, on behalf of our LEHNding Hands Outreach, we have donated nearly $20,000 to local organizations, charities, and families in need.  LEHNding Hands is the name of our outreach which honors the memory of Kim Lehn, a former member of Gravel Hill UMC who fought valiantly a terrible battle with cancer.  

As you stroll around Community Day this year you will see many donation containers throughout the event. Community Day is advertised as a FREE event, and most everything, indeed, is free! However, as has been the case since Community Day's inception, we do collect goodwill donations during the event with the money raised going to a local cause. This year, with all the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we will be donating the money collected at Community Day and using it to purchase UMCOR Relief Kits. These kits will be sent to areas of most need in both Texas and Florida. Each kit costs about $65 to assemble and ship. Check the link out below to see just what these kits are about. A sample kit will be at the Welcome Tent and you can get more information about UMCOR and how you might be able to help with their relief efforts. Thanks!


Current Door Prize Donations:  New Liberty Start-Up and 1st Month Free from New York Fitness, 2 Adventure Packages for Mountain Adventurers ages 5+ at Roundtop Mountain Resort, $20 Gift Certificate to the Sinkhole Saloon, 1 hour of Bowling & Shoe Rental for Palmyra Bowling, Ninja Open Gym Passes from Paramount Sports Complex, 1-Month FREE Fitness Membership from Paramount Sports Complex, Kidnazium Punch Card from Paramount Sports Complex, Palmyra Garden Club, Woven Maize Storage Cube from Signature Homestyles ($70 value), Lisa's Café Gift Certificate, Dafno's Italian Grill Gift Certificate, Paparazzi Accessories Gift Basket, Lunch for Two at Trevi 5 from the Hotel Hershey, Gift Basket from PARPC, Thirty-One gift Bag from Maggi Lehn, Escape Room Level 6 Gift,  Gift Basket from the Girl Scouts Heart of PA, LuLa Roe Gift Certificate, 2 Handmade Pillowcases from Pillows of Love, Gift Basket from Bering Real Estate, 4 one-day passes to Hershey Park In the Dark, $10 Rainbow Snow & Ice Gift Certificate and a t-shirt, Rossi Landscaping Surprise, Horseshoe Pike Gun Shop Gift Certificates, Batting Cage Rentals from In the Net, Duck Donuts Gift Cards & Basket, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire Passes, gift certificates from EC & S, free month of classes from Chosen Martial Arts (a $170 value!), Rhapsody in Bloom Gift Basket

Want to be a Vendor? WE ARE FULL!   Thank you to everyone who signed up to be a vender this year!   All spaces are filled!   Current Vendors:  Paramount Sports Complex, Palmyra Public Library, Kathy Whitman's Avon, Sylvan Learning Center, Central PA Blood Bank, Joan Farabaugh's PLEXUS, Girl Scout Heart of PA, Escape Room Level 6, Judy McMillan's Signature Homestyles, Maggi Lehn's Thirty-One, Susquehanna Service Dogs, Kaylor's Paparazzi Accessories, Thrivent Financial, The Pennsylvania Mounted State Police, Brianne Cole's LuLa Roe, Bering Real Estate, Pillows of Love,  Chosen Martial Arts Academy, Rainbow Snow & Ice, Melissa Gernert's Mary Kay, Cassel's Bakery, Gravel Hill Cemetery Association, EC & S, Brushstrokes on Canvas, Rhapsody in Bloom


Want to be a Sponsor?  Click her to print out the Sponsor Form.


Our Current Sponsors:  

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Web and Print Media

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Event Shirt Provider

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Major Event Sponsor


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               FREE One-Hour Presentation               Providing the charcoal for the Pig Roast


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     All Event Marketing                            Providing Hot Dogs


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  $100 Sponsor                                                 Providing Trash & Recycling Receptacles

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 $100 Sponsor

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  $50 Sponsor                                                        $50 Sponsor, Door Prize + Melon Walk

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$50 Sponsor                                                Providing Coffee for Charity Motorcycle Ride


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Providing Food for Charity Motorcycle Ride             $100 Inflatable Sponsor + Door Prize


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$75 Inflatable Sponsor                                                $50 Game Sponsor + Door Prize

Door Prize Sponsors:

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