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Wisconsin Rapids snowmobile ride honors veterans

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Snowmobilers revved their engines in Wisconsin Rapids Sunday for a good cause.

"To give back and to do something really neat that was going to benefit people in a way they didn't anticipate," said Dan Guck, the Kellner Knights president.

The Kellner Knights Snowmobile Club partners with Donahue Sports for their snowmobile fun ride. It raises money for a different cause every year. This year, the ride is honoring our veterans.

"Our goal is to benefit the Honor Flight and to send the proceeds to help those veterans that deserve to go see the monuments," said Guck.

The Honor Flight sends Wisconsin veterans to Washington D.C. to tour the monuments and landmarks made in their honor.

"We, as a group, thought it was important that any of those members that hadn't been there yet do get a chance and opportunity to experience that with their families," said Guck.

Riders also wanted to give back to veterans.

"We wouldn't be able to come out here on a Sunday and enjoy ourselves if they didn't take the time and dedication to go and make sure we had our freedom," said Justin Conner of Wisconsin Rapids.

"They appreciate it probably more than we do but it's just one small gesture that we can make to give back to the community," said Lori Heideman of Wisconsin Rapids.

Club leaders agree.

"They're all part of a non-profit organization already by being in the club and on top of it they're paying back to all types of charitable organizations annually making it a priority,” said Guck.

Club organizers say they don't have a set goal for the amount of money to raise, but they're happy to have riders come together for a day of fun, all to benefit veterans.

The ride cost $10 per sled and $20 per family. Organizers say all of it goes towards the Honor Flight.

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