Benefit held for Shavertown woman injured in motorcycle crash

By Marcella Kester - For Times Leader
Jason Keezer partakes in a friendly game of billiards as he waits for benefit ride participants to reach Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday. -
Center Moreland residents Rob Wagner and Pat Semon decide which raffles to drop their tickets into during a benefit for Ann Roberts at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday. More than 100 raffle baskets and gift cards were donated for the event. -
Courtney Keezer ponders where to hang a poster detailing her mother’s medical journey since a motorcycle accident three months ago. Keezer and her family organized the Ann Roberts Benefit Ride and Poker Run to help offset medical costs for her mother. -
Sisters Courtney Keezer, left, and Peyton Graham, right, stand with their mother, Ann Roberts, as they show off custom-made shirts for a benefit in Ann’s honor at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday. - -

Multiple businesses came together Sunday, holding a motorcycle ride, poker run and benefit to aid an area woman.

Three months ago, Shavertown resident Ann Roberts was involved in a motorcycle accident. Suffering traumatic brain injury along with multiple severe facial injuries, Ann began to undergo various surgeries according to her daughter, Courtney Keezer.

To help offset medical costs, Courtney and her sister, Peyton, along with several other friends and family members, decided to create a benefit.

“We have been fighting back ever since,” Keezer said of her mother’s multiple medical procedures. “We are putting on this benefit to help with the cost of the rehabilitation because going forward there is going to be quite a bit more surgeries.”

The ride went on despite rain, starting at Uncle Buck’s BBQ in Plymouth and making multiple stops that ranged from Berwick to Falls before finishing at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas. Attendees were able to enjoy a buffet-style dinner, listen to live entertainment, partake in more than 100 raffles and more.

As she helped finalize various raffles, Keezer said she couldn’t believe the amount of support her family has received from residents and area businesses.

“We put it on Facebook, and (the response) was overwhelming,” she said.

While the group was waiting for the ride participants to reach Crabby’s, Center Moreland residents Rob Wagner and Pat Semon were busy filling bags with raffle tickets. The duo said attending the benefit was dually rewarding and heartwarming to see the amount of support.

“They’re friends of ours, and we’re here every Tuesday and Saturday,” Semon explained. “It’s great. I never expected this many raffle baskets.”

Between greeting attendees, taking photos and mingling with children, Roberts stopped to show off her tee shirt. Created for the benefit, the black shirt featured golden angel wings on the back while listing the name of the event in on the front.

“It’s beyond belief. I’ve been crying all morning. I’m just overwhelmed with the support that I got from all these people,” an emotional Roberts said.

The longtime rider said she has another surgery scheduled in two weeks, adding that doctors said it would take about a year before she could start getting back to being her old self. Known as “The Queen” in the motorcycle community, Roberts said she loves riding – and doesn’t plan on staying off two wheels for long.

“I am getting bike on a bike, yes,” she said. “Absolutely.”

Jason Keezer partakes in a friendly game of billiards as he waits for benefit ride participants to reach Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_IMG_3491.jpgJason Keezer partakes in a friendly game of billiards as he waits for benefit ride participants to reach Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday.

Center Moreland residents Rob Wagner and Pat Semon decide which raffles to drop their tickets into during a benefit for Ann Roberts at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday. More than 100 raffle baskets and gift cards were donated for the event.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_IMG_3512.jpgCenter Moreland residents Rob Wagner and Pat Semon decide which raffles to drop their tickets into during a benefit for Ann Roberts at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday. More than 100 raffle baskets and gift cards were donated for the event.

Courtney Keezer ponders where to hang a poster detailing her mother’s medical journey since a motorcycle accident three months ago. Keezer and her family organized the Ann Roberts Benefit Ride and Poker Run to help offset medical costs for her mother.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_IMG_3484.jpgCourtney Keezer ponders where to hang a poster detailing her mother’s medical journey since a motorcycle accident three months ago. Keezer and her family organized the Ann Roberts Benefit Ride and Poker Run to help offset medical costs for her mother.

Sisters Courtney Keezer, left, and Peyton Graham, right, stand with their mother, Ann Roberts, as they show off custom-made shirts for a benefit in Ann’s honor at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_IMG_3479.jpgSisters Courtney Keezer, left, and Peyton Graham, right, stand with their mother, Ann Roberts, as they show off custom-made shirts for a benefit in Ann’s honor at Crabby’s Seafood in Dallas on Sunday.

By Marcella Kester

For Times Leader

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