HERMON – Snowmobilers got more than a little messy for a good cause on Saturday when they took to the trails for the annual egg ride to benefit the Pine Tree Camp.
For more than 30 years the egg ride has raised money for the summer camp located on North Pond in Rome.
“Today we’re really looking at raising $60,000 or $70,000,” said Erin Rice, chief development officer for the Pine Tree Society.
Each rider made the 25-mile journey from the Levant Hungry Hollow 76ers Snowmobile Club’s clubhouse in Levant to Dysart’s in Hermon.
“We put eggs in our snowmobile suit or the shirts in front of it, and each egg represents $50 dollars. I think I had five or six dozen eggs in my suit, which was a chicken suit today,” said Pine Tree Camp Direcotor Dawn Willard-Robinson.
After the ride, Dysart’s offered three different lunch specials, with all of the proceeds going to the Pine Tree Camp.
“The employees of Dysart’s really get behind this cause,” said Amy Simpson, Dysart’s accountant. “We sell window eggs now for the whole month of January. We sold a lot of eggs, so it’s been a company-wide event for all of us and everyone has done a super job.”
The Pine Tree Camp exists to give children and adults with disabilities the chance to experience summer camp and all of the money raised during the egg ride goes directly to camper scholarships, according to Rice.
“We’ve never turned a camper away since we’ve started in 1945, so we’re really proud to carry on that tradition,” she said.