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Motorcycle scavenger hunt planned for July 8

The first annual Sunnyside motorcycle scavenger hunt is all about putting kids first, said Dan Denchel of the Sunnyside Motorcycle Company.

Proceeds from the scavenger hunt, set for Saturday, July 8, will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"The research that St. Jude does is great, and we're hooked on kids," Denchel said. "They are usually the victims of something unforeseen."

Denchel said the scavenger hunt, in which motorcyclists travel from one place to another to collect a series of items, will begin July 8 at the Sunnyside Motorcycle Company, 508 Yakima Valley Highway.

Event organizer Pat Jaquish said participants in the hunt will meet at 4 p.m. at the motorcycle shop and have three hours to find 20 items scattered around Yakima County. The furthest item is in Yakima.

Jaquish said participants will be given a list of clues to help them find the items. "But they probably won't have time to get all of them," he added.

He suggested motorcyclists could pair up with a rider who can run out to retrieve an item while the driver remains in his or her seat to get to the next location quicker.

"Technically, people don't have to ride a motorcycle to participate," Jaquish added. "But we'd like to see people ride (on motorcycles)."

There is a suggested donation of $25 to enter the scavenger hunt, which will include prizes, trophies and a barbecue.

Those donating $35 will receive a t-shirt and contributors of $75 or more will receive a gear bag and t-shirt.

St. Jude Children's Hospital was founded Memphis, Tenn. in 1962 by Danny Thomas as a childhood cancer research center.

Since then the hospital's research has helped improve the cure rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, from less than 4 percent to 90 percent.

As part of its work, St. Jude does not charge families for treatment that is not covered by insurance.

For more on the scavenger hunt, call Jaquish at the Sunnyside Motorcycle Company at 837-4438.

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