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Marshall News Messenger Posted on Oct. 7, 2014

Burn Run Posts Schedule of Event
By Daylina Miller dmiller@marshallnewsmessenger.com
Oct. 7, 2014

In just two days, hundreds of bikers are expected to descend upon Jefferson and Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club, Restaurant & Bar for the “Burn Run Biker Benefit: Continuing the Ride,” Oct. 10-12.

For 15 years, the event was called the “Boo Run Benefit” in honor of Charles “Boo” Chaler, who was burned on more than 95 percent of his body in a welding accident in 1998.

The ride originally raised funds for Chaler and his wife, Patsy, but they donated them to the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation, which provides a free week-long camp called “Camp I Am still Me” for adolescent burn survivors.

Auntie Skinner’s owners Michelle and Stan Davis have revamped the ride and are continuing it as a new event. Proceeds will continue to benefit the burn foundation and camp.

Davis said she is grateful for help she’s getting from groups like Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, Veterans Motorcycle Club, Bikers for Christ and the Pink Ride Organization.

“I have a lot of people helping me out and I’m so glad,” Davis said in an earlier interview. “So many people have heard of Jefferson and never been here. We’re a little town trying to survive.”

Last year’s Boo Run raised $260,000 and attracted thousands of bikers. Michelle Davis, who helped sponsor the event last year through Auntie Skinners, wanted to continue to raise money for burn victims and ” help bring tourism to Jefferson.”

Attendees can register for the event for $20, which will include a biker run, walk through the town, live entertainment and more. Ninety attendees have already pre-registered.

“I’m nervous, but we’re doing good,” Michelle Davis said.

By Daylina Miller dmiller@news-journal.com
Sept. 22, 2014

MARSHALL – Though the Boo Run Benefit had its final ride last year, a new event will begin in October to continue benefiting burn victims.

Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club, Restaurant & Bar, a Jefferson business, took the reins of the Boo Run to “continue to raise money for burn victims and help bring tourism to Jefferson,” owner Michelle Davis said.

The Boo Run Benefit began in 1998 after avid biker, Charles “Boo” Chaler, was burned over more than 95 percent of his body in a welding accident. Friends of Chaler began the benefit in his honor while he was still hospitalized at the LSU Burn Center in Shreveport.

Throughout the years, the event included bike rallies, poker runs, live entertainment, motorcycle stunt shows, live auctions and vendors.

The money went to Chaler and his wife, Patsy, who donated it to the Percy Johnson Burn Foundation. That organization provides a free week-long camp called “Camp I Am still Me” for adolescent burn survivors.

After 15 years of biker runs that netted more than $1 million for burn victims, the Boo Run Benefit came to an end last year. The 2013 event raised $260,000.

After deciding to revamp, rename and organize the event, Davis visited the camp and was overjoyed by what she saw: children overcoming the pain and scars to enjoy life again.

“It’s nice to see what you’re raising the money for,” Davis said.

The new event, which will be called Burn Run Biker Benefit, is set for Oct. 10-12 at Auntie Skinners in Jefferson and throughout the historic downtown area. Proceeds will continue to support the Percy Johnson Foundation.

The tagline for the benefit, “continuing the ride for burn survivors,” is to help people correlate the two events, Davis said, but “we hope people realize it’s under new management and it’s going to be a little different.”

Davis is finalizing the details but said attendees can register for the event for $20, which will include a biker run, walk through the town, live entertainment and more.

Davis, who said she has never organized an event that has drawn more than 30,000 people before, is grateful for help she’s getting from groups such as Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club, Veterans Motorcycle Club, Bikers for Christ and the Pink Ride Organization.

Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club is sponsoring the first East Texas Burn Run, which will be 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gladewater Rodeo Grounds.

“I have a lot of people helping me out, and I’m so glad,” Davis said. “So many people have heard of Jefferson and never been here. We’re a little town trying to survive.”