Catasauqua Press

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Left: Dave Reisinger and Jacki Hartford take a moment to enjoy the sunshine during the bikini bike wash they organized at Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua. The July 15 event is one of three fundraisers Fossil’s hosts annually for the animal rescue groups Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab, Stewartsville, N.J. Left: Dave Reisinger and Jacki Hartford take a moment to enjoy the sunshine during the bikini bike wash they organized at Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua. The July 15 event is one of three fundraisers Fossil’s hosts annually for the animal rescue groups Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab, Stewartsville, N.J.
Wild Bill and Sandy Sywensky try their luck during the Chinese auction basket raffle at the event. Wild Bill and Sandy Sywensky try their luck during the Chinese auction basket raffle at the event.
Participants of the fundraiser wash motorcycles during the bikini bike wash at Fossil’s Last Stand to raise money for animal rescue groups. Participants of the fundraiser wash motorcycles during the bikini bike wash at Fossil’s Last Stand to raise money for animal rescue groups.
Robert and Mary O’Rourke volunteer during the fundraiser, like they do at every charity event Fossil’s hosts. Robert and Mary O’Rourke volunteer during the fundraiser, like they do at every charity event Fossil’s hosts.

Bike wash at Fossil’s benefits local animal rescue groups

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

On July 15, Fossil’s Last Stand, 429 Race St., Catasauqua, put on one of its three fundraisers for Peaceable Kingdom, Whitehall, and Feline Urban Rescue and Rehab (FURR), Stewartsville, N.J. The bikini bike wash is traditionally well attended, but this year, a passing storm poured rain into the parking lot before the event.

“I wasn’t too worried; it’s a good cause, and I said a few prayers,” said Jacki Hartford, who owns the popular club with her husband, Carl.

The skies turned blue at the opening bell, and bikers rolled into the parking lot.

“A shout out to the borough and Chief (Douglas) Kish for all the help we get every year for this event,” said Dan Reisinger, who organizes the various biker groups for the fundraiser.

Robert and Mary O’Rourke are standards at the club.

“We volunteer for every one of these events. We like the people, and it is good to see our friends here,” Robert O’Rourke said.

Peaceable Kingdom and FURR representatives set up raffle baskets. Highlights included wine for dogs and an overflowing basket of Milk-Bone treats.

Fossil’s had a special menu on tap for the event for everyone to enjoy.

“The girls will wash anything; you just bring it by and donate $5,” Hartford said when asked if someone could bring their Schwinn Flyer over.

Live entertainment from Harlan/Tucker Band kept the party going at the bar. The band plays country rock tunes and donated its time for the event. Band members are Rita Tucker, vocalist; Harlan, playing guitar; Charles Japhe, on bass and guitar; Terry Kates, drums; Craig Hawkins, fiddle and guitar; and Geraldine Patri, on keyboard.

Fossil’s annually sponsors a chowder festival and chili cook-off to benefit the same groups.

“These are very popular events, and we are happy that they are at Fossil’s,” Hartford said.