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Hogs for Dogs benefits Humane Society

Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson and Gwinnett Humane Society host the 11th Annual Hogs for Dogs event today, riding motorcycles to raise money for the animals who are waiting for a permanent home. "It's great to have a hobby that is so much fun and to help others at the same time," said Charlie Broome, Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson's event coordinator.

IF YOU GO

• What: Hogs for Dogs motorcycle ride

• When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today

• Where: Stone Mountain Harley-Davidson, 900 Dogwood Dr., Conyers

• For more information: visit www.gwinnetthuman...>

The event brings 200 to 300 riders and motorcycle riding pups out to cruise a 50-mile stretch of road escorted by the Rockdale Sheriff's Department.

"It's a fun ride because it's a controlled ride," Grand Marshall Rhubarb Jones said. "You don't run into any stop lights and people enjoy being on the bikes."

When the riders return to the dealership, the festivities continue into the afternoon. Vendors will be selling everything from Harley-Davidson garb to handmade jewelry.

There will be food and drinks available for purchase, plus a deejay mixing up tracks for the crowd.

If you were looking for a dog to adopt, there will be some pooches ready to go home with the right family. The Gwinnett Humane Society will also have a book full of pets and their biographies for people to browse through.

Hogs for Dogs has a few other activities to raise more money. They are conducting a silent auction and a Rider Raffle. The raffle is $1 per ticket or $5 for six. Contestants can win a night at the Lodge of Copperhead in Blairsville, Skid Row tickets at Wild Bill's, Quik-Trip gift cards and more.

"We haven't made a goal this year because it has been a rough economy for every one," Cori Koleszar of the Gwinnett Humane Society said. "We hope for $5,000. Anything will help."

This is a rain or shine event. Children are welcome to attend. All proceeds benefit the Gwinnett Humane Society.