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Toy Run in Memory of Abilene Announcer

KSAL Staff - November 13, 2015 6:20 am

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Hundreds of bikers will be on a mission roaring across the area the next couple of weekends, delivering toys. Motorcycle toy runs are scheduled in Abilene, and Salina.

First is the Abilene Toy Run, this Sunday. Motorcycles will begin at the Shopko parking lot on North Buckeye Avenue at 2:00 in the afternoon.

The Abilene motorcycle ride will honor the memory of Gary Houser, one of the founders of the Abilene Toy Run. Houser was killed early in the morning of October 1st last year in a single-vehicle crash, on his way to work at KABI radio in Abilene.

Gary Houser was a long-time morning announcer, and was the first voice heard on KABI. When the radio station signed on in 1963, he was the first person on the air. Though his tenure was mainly on the air at KABI in Abilene, Houser also was heard during his career on KINA radio in Salina.

Houser was passionate about Abilene, and very active in the community. Along with his passion for the toy run,he was a volunteer at many community events, and spent countless hours dedicating his time to helping others in Abilene.

A similar toy run motorcycle ride will be held in Salina the following weekend, on Sunday November 22nd. The Salina Toy Run will leave from the Central Mall at 2:00 in the afternoon.

Several hundred riders are expected at both events.

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Gary Houser

The Abilene Toy Run is in memory of Gary Houser. He was a long-time morning announcer, and was the first voice heard on KABI Radio.

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