Dr. O’s 21st annual Victory Ride, Camp Victory’s motorcycle tour, will be held Sunday, August 30.
The tour will begin at Camp Victory at 10:00 am and end there at noon. Pre-registration for the tour is $15.00 and regular registration is $20.00. Pre-registration ends August 19.
This will be the 21st year for the event, which was established by the late Dr. Oscar Oberchirker, a Geisinger nephrologist and one of Camp Victory’s early volunteers. Tim Hammaker, the long-time chair of Dr. O’s Victory Ride and one of its original organizers, has kept the tour going for many years with the help of many volunteers.
“When Oscar became ill I told him I’d do all that I could to keep the ride going,” he explains. Hammaker holds Camp Victory near to his heart because he has many personal connections. He says some of the tour’s riders have been participating since the tour’s first year, and they have created valuable friendships over the years.
“We decided to rename the ride ‘Dr. O’s Victory Ride’ to both honor and remember Oscar for the wonderful human being that he was,” Hammaker remarks.
The event has raised more than $200,000 in its 21 years. All proceeds from the event benefit the operation of Camp Victory.
There will be a Hearty Breakfast from 8:00 am to 10:00 am at Camp Victory. The fee for the breakfast is $7.00. If a participant secures $50.00 in pledges, they will receive a free breakfast. A worship service will also be held in the Dining Hall, beginning at 9:00 am.
After the tour, all participants are invited to a free Chicken Barbeque Dinner (covered by the registration fee). A bike show, poker run, lunch for non-riders and camp tours will be available as well. The bike is $10.00, poker run is $5.00, lunch for non-riders is $7.00 and the camp tours will be free.
Camp Victory is a special camp for special kids. Camp Victory partners with other organizations to host week-long and weekend camps. These camps are aimed toward aiding children with chronic illnesses and physical and emotional needs.
Camp Victory is located in northern Columbia County in the Greenwood Valley just outside of Millville, and provides a camping experience for children and their families.