Roar on the Shore® Awarded ECGRA Grant

ERIE – Roar on the Shore® was awarded a generous $20,839 grant from the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA) this morning, March 9, during a Special Events Grants Reception held at the Erie Playhouse, 13 West 10th Street.

“On behalf of the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) Board of Governors, Roar on the Shore Board of Directors and all those who support the Roar® rally, thank you!” said rally spokeswoman Tammy Polanski. “Roar on the Shore® is thrilled to once again be selected as one of the organizations to benefit from an ECGRA grant. This money is critical to Roar’s® 2017 operations, which benefit our chosen charity, the Mercy Center for Women, as well as the Erie community at large.”

ECGRA Special Events Grants fund up to 5 percent of events that take place within Erie County, are open to the general public, and promote the region economically and culturally. Applicants must be a 501(c)3 organization, municipality, or authority headquartered in Erie County and provide a 1:1 cash match. Grantees must demonstrate how their event(s) creates a targeted economic impact on Erie County by attracting attendance to the region and impacting local quality of place.

Now entering its 11th year in 2017, Roar on the Shore® — Erie’s Official Bike Week — is one of the fastest-growing charitable motorcycle rallies in the United States, attracting approximately 170,000 visitors to Erie, Pennsylvania to raise money for a worthwhile charity while encouraging motorcycle riding, safety and fellowship.

The five-day rally, which injects more than $25 million into the local economy each year, has raised more than $840,000 for charity over the past 10 years. Past beneficiaries include the John Kanzius Cancer Research Fund, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Erie, local Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families, SafeNet’s Big Backyard Children’s Garden, the Flight 93 National Memorial Campaign, the Perry 200 Commemoration, the Boys & Girls Club of Erie, St. Patrick’s Haven, Erie Homes for Children and Adults’ Project First Step and St. Martin Center New Playground Project.

This year, the ECGRA grant will be used for the July 12, 13, 14, 15 & 16 rally, which benefits the Mercy Center for Women. The Mercy Center for Women is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy that provides safe and supportive transitional housing, education and counseling for homeless women in the region.
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