By SUE ANN FISH
Special to the OBSERVER
CHERRY CREEK - The Cherry Creek Sno-goers, a local group of snowmobile enthusiasts, recently raised $2,000 for SHARE, a non-profit organization devoted to aiding those women afflicted with breast and ovarian cancer, with their annual Pink Ladies Ride.
The Cherry Creek Sno-goers were founded in the 1970s and claim nearly seven hundred members. The club maintains 140 miles of trails, working closely with local landowners. Most of the club's members are out in the frigid wee hours of the winter morning, grooming trails after working full-time jobs.
The Sno-goers were trying to find a way to encourage more women to ride and join their male counterparts in the fun. Rick Engasser came up with the idea of a women's ride to "inspire the girls," and the Pink Ladies Ride was born.
"It helps to give snowmobilers a bit of a better name," said Joanie Engasser, who along with fellow Sno-goer Kristin Aldinger, co-chaired this year's ride. "Most people think of is as Hells Angels on snowmobiles, but we're not."
The 2013 Pink Ladies Ride began at the Trillium Lodge, Route 83, in Cherry Creek, with a hearty breakfast, then proceeded to the home of Clyde and Jan Rodgers, where a Chinese auction of donated goodies, a chili bake-off and a giveaway of a signature snowmobile helmet was held.
Three generations of the Kaltenbach and Nickerson families participated in the ride this year, in honor of Alice Doud, family matriarch, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1999.
The Pink Ladies Ride to fund support programs in advocacy of women with breast or ovarian cancer took on new meaning to the Engasser family, when their daughter-in-law Kimberly was diagnosed with early stage ovarian cancer in 2009. Kimberly is now in remission from the disease.