Allegiance LEMC and Officer Colin raise $8,000 for St. Jude

A packed house at the Seabring Inn on Saturday afternoon featured a chicken BBQ and a raffle with dozens of prizes, many donated by local businesses in and around Ithaca. When all was said and done, the Allegiance LEMC of New York and Officer Colin had raised $8,000 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Officer Colin Hayward Toland, center, with fellow members of Allegiance LEMC and friends, at Saturday’s BBQ. 14850 Photo by Mark H. Anbinder.

Officer Colin Hayward Toland, aka the youngest member of the Ithaca Police Department, is known as “Bazooka” when he’s among his fellow members of Allegiance LEMC, a membership motorcycle club that focuses on members of the law enforcement, fire service, and military communities.

Colin is also himself a childhood cancer patient, and St. Jude Children’s Hospital specializes in treating childhood cancer — without the patients’ families having to pay a cent.

The event featured 255 BBQ chicken dinners sold for $10 each, and a raffle with prizes that included restaurant and tattoo shop gift certificates, firearms donated by local dealers, beer brand items such as coolers and camp chairs, bottles of local wine, and a cord of firewood.

Allegiance LEMC riders were on hand to welcome Officer Colin home from his visit to California a few weeks ago, providing an honor guard as he and his family returned home from the airport, along with members of the Ithaca Police Department.

Officer Colin was joined at Saturday’s event by many members of Allegiance LEMC New York, and visitors from Allegiance LEMC New Jersey and the Cortland Chrome Divas.

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