NORTH LAWRENCE — Sunday’s long-range weather forecast for North Lawrence is a bit on the balmy side, with an anticipated high of 41 degrees.
And that’s good news for a bunch of folks who won’t be dressed for the winter weather.
Instead, men and women will be donning bathing suits and tutus and speeding down a race track on a snowmobile, all in the name of fundraising and fun. Money raised will go to the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund and the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department to help men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Freezin’ for a Reason Bikini Snowmobile Rally kicks into gear at noon, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. at the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, 1081 County Route 54, North Lawrence. The rally is set to run until 5 p.m.
“We’ll take registration right up to the day of,” said organizer John LaShomb. “This fundraiser is to raise money for the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund and also the fire department as there’s so many people who are affected by it. This is our first one. We hope to make it an annual event.”
The Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund is dedicated to assisting those fighting breast cancer in St. Lawrence, Jefferson and Lewis counties.
To participate, contact Mr. LaShomb at 315-842-2614 to get a pledge sheet and register.
“The Gouverneur Breast Cancer Group will be there with a table set up inside the fire station to talk about who they are and what they do,” Mr. LaShomb said.
He said the Gouverneur Breast Cancer Fund holds a fundraising walk in May in Gouverneur.
“That’s one end of St. Lawrence County, where Jefferson and Lewis can participate,” Mr. LaShomb said, and the Freezin’ for a Reason Bikini Snowmobile Rally will allow another part of the county to get involved in the effort.
Admission is $5, but there’s no cost to sign up and ride, and participants have been out soliciting pledges. Participants will receive T-shirts, and the rider with the most pledge donations will be awarded a riding jacket donated by Adirondack Power Sports. A warming trailer will be available for riders.
“We’d like them to be at least 18 years or older and have to ability to ride a sled. We’re not giving a prize out for the fastest time, but we’re giving one out for the most funds raised,” Mr. LaShomb said.
Registrations have been coming in, he said.
“We’ve had a great amount of interest. We’ve got a well-rounded age group,” he said.
In addition to the snowmobile racing, there will be warm food served by the department’s Ladies Auxiliary, a Chinese Auction and a 50/50 raffle.
“We’ve gotten support from businesses. Nobody said no. It’s very humbling,” Mr. LaShomb said.
The event is part of the Tri-Town Winter Carnival, which kicks off on Thursday.
“We try to make it family friendly and just a good fun day to shake off the cabin fever,” he said.