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01/17/2014

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HONORING VETERANS AND HELPING CHILDREN All photos by Norman Schimmel WITH A FOCUS ON VETERANS AND ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY PERSONNEL — AND GREAT WEATHER — THE 2014 THUNDER BY THE BAY MAY HAVE BROKEN RECORDS Staff Reports In joining forces this year with the Legacy of Valor campaign, the 16th Annual Thunder by the Bay, organized by Suncoast Charities for Children, may well have been one of the biggest yet, Lucy Nicandri, vice president of marketing and special events for Suncoast Charities, told The Sarasota News Leader this week. a veteran — "was huge," Nicandri pointed out. The internationally known custom bike builder donated his time for the event, she added. On Sunday, the Legacy of Valor Ride to Sarasota National Cemetery had more than 700 participants — double the typical number It will be about two weeks before data is avail- for the traditional ride, she continued. able regarding the event's economic impact Indoor events on Thursday and Friday nights on the county and its contributions to the charity are available, Nicandri said on Jan. also had higher attendance than usual, she 14, but preliminary indications "look really, noted. really good." "The whole element of saluting veterans and The involvement of Paul Teutul Sr., founder active military was a nice touch," Nicandri of Orange County Choppers — and himself said of the 2014 event. %

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