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    Motorcyclists and non-riders united to support Energy Air, Inc.’s, Cruise for a Cause charity motorcycle ride event to benefit the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute.

    Motorcyclists started at the Gator Harley Davidson dealership in Leesburg and rode to Route 46 Entertainment District in Sanford, where a party was held with a barbecue lunch, door prizes and live music from Diablo Canyon, whose lead singer, radio disc jockey, Iron Dave, suffers from diabetes.

    More than 170 people attended the event including nearly 90 bikers and several classic cars that followed the pack.

    This is the first year Energy Air organized a fundraising event for the Florida Hospital Diabetes Institute, although the company supports the organization throughout the year through donations and volunteer efforts.

    “The event was a huge success,” said Kati Trisler, director of marketing for Energy Air. “The weather had us a little worried, but the turnout was great. It was a successful first year for this event, and we’re looking forward to many more!”

    The crowd began arriving at 9:30 a.m. for registration, and the first bike left Gator Harley Davidson at 11:30 a.m. Bikes began arriving at Route 46 Entertainment District around 12:30 p.m.

    Guests listened to acoustic country tunes from Critter and Bobby Sanders while enjoying a BBQ lunch. Next, the crowd listened as prizes such as golf packages, tools, Harley Davidson gifts and apparel, spa, dry cleaning and restaurant gift cards, plus a signed Orlando Magic basketball were given out. Diablo Canyon kept the crowd entertained with tunes from some of rock-n-roll’s greatest.

    The local chapters of Harley Owners Groups (H.O.G.) called for a chapter challenge, and the chapter with the most bikers in attendance was Lake County H.O.G., which received the coveted recognition.

    “Our members are very involved in the community,” said John Loomis, assistant director of the Lake County H.O.G. association. “Whether it’s a poker run or an escorted ride, it’s a great reason to get together for a day of fun while supporting great causes in the community.” Loomis works for Florida Hospital and was also on the planning committee for the Cruise for a Cause event.

    Additional sponsors for the event included Yorkshore Sales and Marketing, Inc., Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Winter Park Construction, Conklin Metal Industries, TectaAmerica Central Florida, Tharp Plumbing Industries, Florida Door Solutions, Ferguson Enterprises and Associated Builders and Contractors of Central Florida. Straight Edge Creative donated graphic design services.

    Energy Air’s mission is to be the leader of the HVAC industry through professionalism, knowledge, superior performance, outstanding service to its customers and a commitment to employee development to better serve the community.

    Energy Air, Inc. has offices in Orlando and Tampa and offers commercial HVAC services throughout Florida in the following market segments: Education, Healthcare, Multi-Family/Mixed-Use, Religious, Retail, Office, Hospitality/Entertainment and Industrial. The company’s residential division works with builders on planned communities, custom homes, town homes and multi-family complexes and with homeowners for service/repair, replacement, system enhancement and planned maintenance.

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