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Chicagoland Toys for Tots

Motorcycle Parade




P.O. Box 2190 Bridgeview, IL 60455 (773) 866-TOYS



Warehouse: 8900 Odell Bridgeview, IL 60455

Fax and Phone: 708-598-4909













November 16, 2012




Lester Fortier




Thomas Dertz

Vice President



Peggy Estes




Wendy Langys




Dennis Hedderman

Sergeant at Arms



Debbie Giampa

North-side Coordinator



Joe Ziman

Product Coordinator



Joy Black

Tier Coordinator



Maynard Marsh


A different kind of horsepower will be allowed on the track at Maywood Park


This Friday, November 16, 2012, Maywood Park kicks off their toy drive to help collect toys for the 35thAnnual Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. Bikers are encouraged to ride to the park by 6:00pm for a first ever chance to ride their motorcycles around the track. Maywood Park has never allowed motorcycles on the track but want to provide a unique experience for those who come out to support Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade. To help with the Toy Drive, Maywood Park will also offer everyone who brings a toy on live racing nights (Thursday and Friday nights) free admission and $5 off the Winners Circle Dining Room Buffet from November 16 December 20.


Chicagoland Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade is excited to celebrate its 35thAnniversary with Maywood Park. While many toys are also collected from drop box locations all over the Chicagoland area, the main event is the parade. This year the parade is on December 2nd; always on the first Sunday of December. Every year, Chicagoland bikers meet at Dan Ryan Woods on a street-legal motorcycle with a toy to donate. There is no additional fee or cost. There is no sign- in or registration.


The parade begins at Dan Ryan Woods (83rd & Western) with bikes lining up at 6:00am and rolling out at 9:30am. Since a single group of 20,000 motorcyclists would severely hamper normal traffic, bus routes, and emergency vehicles, the parade is divided into 4 or 5 groups (called Tiers). The parade begins with Tier 1, and then an interval of approximately 15-20 minutes of normal traffic is provided before Tier 2 is released. The parade ends at DeVry University Chicago (Western & Roscoe) with overflow/alternate parking at Lane Tech High School. Remember, the Parade could last up to 5 hours.


The annual parade helps support the United States Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots



program(in their 65

year). Both programs ask that you remember a few things when deciding

ona toy to donate: toys are collected for children of all ages and some of these children are ill or

arein temporary homes that may not allow stuffed animals. Remember that many teenagers

and young adults also need help at Christmastime. And, don't forget the batteries; batteries can be taped securely to the unwrapped toy. Please, no stuffed animals but gifts for teenagers are always welcome.


Leading up to parade day, riders eagerly watch the weather so that they can dress appropriately and prepare their motorcycles too. These bikers don't wait until the night before to discover that their bike needs work. They are resourceful and prepared for anything! And always remember to ride safe!


It all started on a cold Chicago winter day in December 1978, a group of six friends, led by Vietnam Veteran Ed Aminal Wisniewski, jumped on their motorcycles to deliver presents to needy children. Little did they know that the kindness in their hearts would become one of the biggest charitable traditions in Chicago!