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Motorcyclists unite to raise money for teen facility in Grayslake

Motorcyclists head out 85-mile Good Vibrations Poker Run Sunday thraised money for The Oasis Grayslake. | BETH KRAMER~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Motorcyclists head out on the 85-mile Good Vibrations Poker Run on Sunday that raised money for The Oasis in Grayslake. | BETH KRAMER~SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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The Oasis

The non-profit organization that gives teens a place to hang out in Grayslake opened in April 2008. It has video games, wireless internet, flat-screen TVs, movies and snacks. The Oasis is free for teens age 12-19 Monday through Thursday and has $5 donation charge Friday and Saturday.

Location: 151 Hawley Street in Grayslake.

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Updated: August 23, 2013 2:10AM

Good Vibrations were rumbling on Sunday.

That’s because more than 40 motorcyclists turned out for the inaugural Good Vibrations Poker Run to benefit The Oasis, which is a building in Grayslake designed to be a safe haven for area teenagers.

“Our goal is to provide a safe and stimulating environment for teens,” said The Oasis president and founder Joyce Campbell.

The Oasis serves 15,000-20,000 teens from Grayslake and surrounding communities every year. It has an annual operating budget of $80,000, Campbell said.

“We run on 100-percent donations. This makes a huge difference,” Campbell told participants Sunday.

The non-profit group holds several fund-raisers every year to keep the facility running at little cost to local teens. Unlike previous fund-raisers, Good Vibrations was the first one suggested and orchestrated by a group outside of The Oasis, Campbell said.

Campbell belongs to the Grayslake Business Breakfast Networking Group. Members at that group brainstormed the motorcycle poker run about six months ago, said Scott Rose, the group’s president.

“Joyce is part of the group. We always look for ways to help each other,” Rose said.

Rose of Lindenhurst said he got the idea because he and some other members have done other charity poker runs.

Motorcyclists met at Nielsen Enterprises in Lake Villa and went on an 85-mile route that took them to five different bars in Volo, Antioch, Union Grove, Russell, and finished at The Vine in downtown Grayslake with a barbecue.

Jeff Montori, 43, of Grayslake, brought his Harley Davidson out to participate in the run.

Montori owns Active Electric, Inc. in Grayslake. His business is one of The Oasis’ sponsors. He donated electrical work when The Oasis opened five years ago.

He said The Oasis was a “safe haven” for teens and kept them off the streets.

“I grew up in Grayslake. It’s a really great idea. I wish I had something like this when I was a kid,” Montori said.

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