Audrey Walker showed up to Papa’s Sports Bar on Sunday, the day of the first Teddy Foltz Memorial Poker Bike Run, not knowing quite what to expect.
She figured a few people would show up for the event, which was intended to pay tribute to the 14-year-old victim of child abuse who died Jan. 26, 2013, and to help other children who are living in fear, just as Teddy of Struthers and his younger twin brothers had.
As soon as Walker, the house manager of Sojourner House, spotted the sea of bikes that flooded the sports bar’s parking lot, she was overwhelmed. More than 230 had shown up to participate in the 90-mile bike run, while another 100 or so had attended the event for the spaghetti dinner, the raffle and the auction — or simply to donate to the cause.
“It was really huge,” Walker said. “Just to see the support that came out for a child, it was a beautiful thing.”
On Thursday afternoon at Papa’s Sports Bar on Poland Avenue, Walker, on behalf of the Sojourner House, accepted two checks totaling $8,275 from Kelly Plummer, Teddy’s godmother and one of the bike run’s organizers. Coupled with a previous donation, the event raised almost $8,500 for the organization that provides crisis intervention, advocacy and shelter for Mahoning County’s victims of domestic violence.
Read more about the event and Sojourner House in Friday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.