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Army veteran Pat Skelly (at front) gets first dibs in the food line for wounded servicemen, volunteers and community members during the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve celebration in October in Oswayo. The event celebrated the awarding of three all-terrain vehicles to the preserve from the Polaris company as well as shotguns from Browning Arms Co.

The Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education (A.B.A.T.E.) is teaming up with L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve for the 11th annual Open House Fundraiser Benefit and Motorcycle Run this weekend.

L.E.E.K. provides hunting adventures to wounded servicemen.

Events taking place on Friday include a meet-and-greet with veterans at 5 p.m., a silent auction at 5 p.m. and a live auction at 7 p.m.

The event lineup for Saturday includes the A.B.A.T.E. motorcycle run at noon, a family fishing derby from 1-4 p.m. and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m.

On Sunday, a sunrise service will be held at 9 a.m. and breakfast at 9:45 a.m.

Ed Fisher, who co-founded L.E.E.K. with his wife Kate and is the organization’s president, said the event could never be successful without its strong infrastructure of volunteers.

“(The volunteers) get out and work hard for the warriors and their families,” Fisher said.

He added the community has pledged a great amount of support for the organization and said, “I think the community has wrapped its arms around us. They are very aware of what we do and support us at the same time.

“I think we need, every time we can, to say thank you to them and their families. I think the number 22 is real and I think all Americans should do something to help out our veterans,” Fisher said, regarding the veterans’ suicide rate of 22 per day. “We need to stop the 22 suicides by veterans each day.”

Regarding the upcoming event, Fisher said he is excited for the public to attend and interact with veterans.

“I’d like to welcome the public to come see what we do for our veterans, to come thank them and have a good time. We’re an all-volunteer facility,” he said.

The event will be held at L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve at 497 Route 244 in Oswayo. A full schedule and tickets, which are $10, are available at www.L.E.E.K.preserve.org, or by contacting Fisher at (410) 322-4610 or at 2781L.E.E.K.@gmail.com

On Friday, camping and vendors will be setting up at 1 p.m. A meet and greet with warriors will take place from 5 to 5:30 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow and guest speaker Brig. Gen. David Papak, retired. A live auction, including items such as art and weapons, will begin at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, a continental breakfast will take place from 7 to 11 a.m., and registration for the A.B.A.T.E. Benefit motorcycle run will take place from 9 to 11 a.m.

The opening ceremony will take place at 11 a.m.

The motorcycle run will kick off at noon. At 12:30 p.m. is the Wall of Heroes Induction Ceremony. A DJ will provide music from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

A turkey shoot and a corn hole tournament will both run from 1 to 3 p.m. with a family fishing derby slated for 1 to 4 p.m.

Participants in the motorcycle run will return around 4 p.m. and a guest speaker will provide remarks at 4:30 p.m.

The closing ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. with awards being handed out, a 50-50 raffle, a Jenny’s Basket auction and refreshments.

The silent auction will end at 6 p.m. and live music will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

On Sunday, a sunrise service sponsored by the First Church of God of Eldred will take place at 9 a.m. with breakfast being held at 9:45 a.m.

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