Islanders raising money for wheelchair-accessible van holding dinner fundraiser on Oct. 14

Posted October 4, 2022 at 8:45 am by

A small group of San Juan Islanders have a dream — to pro­vide free trans­porta­tion to all wheel­chair-bound res­i­dents and vis­i­tors on the island. Known as Free Wheel­in Rides, the team of Clay­ton Ban­ry, Becky Rhodes, and Mike Otis are cur­rent­ly rais­ing mon­ey to pur­chase a wheel­chair-acces­si­ble van in order to get the ser­vice up and running.

In sup­port of this goal, on Fri­day, Oct. 14, Free Wheel­in Rides will host a din­ner fundrais­er start­ing at 6 p.m. at San Juan Mason­ic Lodge at 15 Sec­ond St. N. The din­ner fea­tures Uli’s Famous Eng­lish bratwurst bangers, mashed red skin pota­toes and gravy, tossed sal­ad and vinai­grette, and arti­san bread and but­ter. A dessert auc­tion will follow.

Tick­ets are $25 per per­son at the door, or pur­chased in advance at Print­onyx — 470 Reed St. Din­ner dona­tions can also be mailed to San Juan Mason­ic Lodge, P.O. Box 757, Fri­day Har­bor, with Free Wheel­in Rides list­ed on the enve­lope. In addi­tion, the group has a dona­tion account set up at Ban­ner Bank.

Free Wheel­in Rides also seeks unique donat­ed items for a silent auc­tion to be held at the same event. To pro­vide an auc­tion item, or to learn more about the fundrais­er, email

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