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Rick Nauman, Alison Sommer, Nikki Miller, Maryann Erwin, Justin Erwin and Vinnie Bossoi join together to make this year’s Sommer Fest benefit June 3 a huge success.PRESS PHOTO BY TINAMARIE MARTIN Rick Nauman, Alison Sommer, Nikki Miller, Maryann Erwin, Justin Erwin and Vinnie Bossoi join together to make this year’s Sommer Fest benefit June 3 a huge success.PRESS PHOTO BY TINAMARIE MARTIN

Sommer Fest set for June 3 at Tri-Boro

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 by TINAMARIE MARTIN Special to The Press in Local News

On June 3, Lehigh Valley Community Benefit will be holding its second annual Sommer Fest bike ride and benefit. The event, rain or shine, will honor the life and memory of Joe Sommer Jr., who was tragically murdered in a senseless act of violence last year.

Lehigh Valley Community Benefit has been supporting Lehigh Valley families affected by tragedies since 2010. The group also donates to first responders, veterans organizations, animal shelters and other nonprofit charities — with a focus on “paying it forward.”

Rick Nauman, founder of Lehigh Valley Community Benefit, said, “I remember the first time that I met Joe. I was in a meeting preparing for a benefit. Joe and his friends came in and offered their support and donated their time right away. He’s been with me from the beginning.”

Joe’s sister, Alison, said, “He was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back. He was always there to give a helping hand and donate his time to help others.”

“We are going to continue to hold benefits, so we can help and do some good in our community,” Nauman said. “That’s what Joe would want us to do.”

There will be a police-escorted motorcycle ride to honor Sommer and his love of riding. Registration for the motorcycle ride is from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., and kickstands are up at noon. The ride begins and ends at Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club, 21st and Canal streets, Northampton.

“After the ride, we will be offering a day of fun and festivities for the entire family starting at 1 p.m. and ending at 8 p.m. We will have food, refreshments, raffles, kids’ activities and music throughout the whole day,” Nauman said.

Funds raised from the June 3 event will be donated to underprivileged and less-than-fortunate families in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas, Nauman said.

Only 2,000 tickets will be sold for the event. Advance tickets are available, at a reduced price, at the following locations: Tri-Boro Sportsmen Club; Samuel Owens Restaurant & Bar, 128 Chestnut St., Coplay; and Reph’s Complete Auto Care, 102 S. Second St., Coplay.

“Last year was a sell-out,” Nauman said. “Let’s make it bigger and better this year.”