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Friday, June 14 kicks off the 11th annual LEEK open house fundraiser and benefit motorcycle run.

Held at the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve in Oswayo, the event is a way for people to come out and say “thank you” to wounded veterans and enjoy company at the preserve. The event will have many displays and vendors.

The weekend will have a silent auction, music, turkey shoot, corn hole tournament, fishing derby (with a cash prize) and meals available.

The event begins and the preserve opens at 1 p.m. Friday; camping and vendors can be set up at this time. A meet and greet with warriors is from 5-5:30 p.m. followed by an opening ceremony and dinner. A live auction will begin at 7 p.m.

Saturday starts with a breakfast fundraiser from 7-11 a.m. in conjunction with vendor setup. Registration for the motorcycle run is from 9-11 a.m.; the run starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. It is $15 per participant and $10 per rider, which can be paid at the registration table.

At 12:30 p.m., an induction ceremony will be held for the Wall of Heroes.

The turkey shoot and corn hole tournament are from 1-3 p.m. In the turkey shoot, all youth must be accompanied by an adult; there is a $5 entry fee. The kids fishing derby is 1-4 p.m.

A guest speaker, Brigadier General (ret.) Papak, will be on at 4:30 p.m., followed by the closing ceremony at 5 p.m. This is when the evening events awards will be given and raffle winners are announced. Food and refreshments will be available. Live music will be performed from 6-9 p.m.

On Sunday, a sunrise service is set for 9 a.m., followed by breakfast.

All dinner tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 on its website (leekpreserve.org) or by contacting Ed at 410-322-4610 or 278LEEK@gmail.com.

All proceeds benefit wounded veterans.