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2016 Mercy Women’s Center

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Our fundraiser this year for Mercy Women’s Center here in Troy, MO. They offer free counseling for women ages 13 and over for the Lincoln County region. Mercy Women’s Center provides the extra TLC women need to be the best versions of themselves. I was inspired to donate to this center by a caring friend that volunteers her time there.

The weather was beautiful with blue skies and sunshine. The rumble of bikes coming and going all day added to the party atmosphere. We were fortunate that Full House was able to switch to Sunday and they really rocked the crowd! I have had multiple folks tell me they enjoyed the music AND the food. Brian and Sandy with Get U Sum Food kept the huge crowd happy. Thank you to everyone that came by to enjoy the day and for your generosity with donations to all our raffles, silent auction and 50/50. Oh, and also to the live auction. It was my first attempt at a live auction and I must say it was lots of fun! Anyone that knows me can imagine my enthusiasm. Think I’ll do that again at our next event.

Extra special thank you goes to Don Nolen of Extreme Rides for creating the marvelous custom best paint trophy and James McCloud of Pop’s Garage for his best of show masterpiece. Both these gentlemen came through for me with terrific one-of-a-kind trophies in very little time! To all my wonderful volunteers:  You are loved and appreciated!

2015 | Special Olympics

As I reflect over the past ten years of being in business, I am content and happy to look back over all of the different organizations we have been able to donate to.  As an occupational therapist, I lean towards organizations that assist individuals with lifelong disabilities.  I wanted to go back to that this year so chose the Special Olympics as this year’s fundraiser.  For more information you can visit their website somo.org.  Working in the schools with our youth that have special needs, I always enjoy hearing them talk about their Special Olympics experiences and coming back to school with ribbons and big smiles!  The joy captured on photos is wonderful to see.  It is often experiences that shape us.  What better way to boost self-confidence and enjoyment in life than to experience personal success as an athlete.

Thank you to everyone that made the day a success.  It was extra joyful for me personally to see so many Chariots customers come to celebrate with us.  Comin’ Up Empty kept the mood joyful with their music, those that reserved a bottle or two of Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select enjoyed a taste of their much anticipated whiskey, Jack Daniels swag was handed out and silent auction and raffle items helped raise money.  We were blessed with beautiful riding weather, so many folks made us a special stop on their journey and trophies were handed out a tad early so those staying all day could get a nice ride in before sunset!  It has been a rainy year in Lincoln County so the dry day was truly a blessing.  Thanks again for making the day special!

You can see photos from the celebration and lots of other events in our Photo Gallery.

For more information about Special Olympics: http://somo.org

2014 | Camp Hope

20141025_104655We wanted to do something for our veterans this year. So while Jan and I were discussing it in front of one of our friends and volunteer, Gary Jamison, he suggested we raise funds for Camp Hope. This facility is located in Farmington, Missouri. You can visit their website at www.camphopeusa.com to see all the wonderful things they offer. The Big Easy Band set up in the garage due to the threat of rain. And boy did it rain! The crowd was WAY down this year with about 50 or so people showing up and only two motorcycles entering the show. Several vendors set up despite the rain. The small crowd became a garage party and the Big Easy entertained us all. We still managed to raise a decent amount of money as those who came participated in the silent auction and donated generously. Money raised during our fall festival was added to the pot raising even more money for Camp Hope. Thank you to all of you that participated and donated to a wonderful facility.

 

2013 | American Diabetes Association

Bike Show 2013 022American Diabetes Association was Jan’s pick for the 2013 fundraiser. His dad had adult onset diabetes and we have others in our life with diabetes. With it being our first motorcycle show at our new location in Troy, I wanted to try something different, give the crowd something to do. So I rented a dunking booth. While it was fun, I can’t say that it was a big hit. The spot showers on and off over the day didn’t help. The Chariots of Fire staff took turns in the booth (Jan managed to avoid the booth since his turn was during a spot shower). The band Recoil entertained the crowd and managed to keep their equipment dry. The sun came out enough that the turnout was good. Thank you to everyone for coming out and enjoying the day with us.

 

2012 | American Heart Association

We just found out this year that several close friends of ours just happen to have the same rare heart condition making this year’s fundraiser easy to choose The American Heart Association.  There are many individuals with varying heart conditions, including my father and our own Mr. Jim Childers, so we were happy to donate proceeds to such a worthy cause.  Recoil, a young and very talented band out of Union Missouri really rocked!  I had many individuals comment on how good they sounded, playing classic rock no less.  We raffled off several guns this year.  As always, we had the support of our local biking community to make it a fun day.  Thanks everyone!

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2011 | St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

It was Jim, our mechanic’s turn to pick the fundraiser this year. Jim did some research and chose St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as it is one of the few organizations who apply a very large percentage of monies raised directly to research. Not to mention all the important work they do to help individual children going through difficult medical problems. My son-in-law, Clayton, suggested the band. The Follow is an up and coming Christian rock band whose music you have probably heard on the radio. They were kind enough to take time out of their busy schedule to play for us. By now I’ve learned to be pretty laid back about having enough volunteers to help sell raffles and assist with registration. Folks just step up and ask what they can do to help. We are so very blessed!

 

2010 | Multiple Sclerosis

This was an extra special year for us. Not only were we having our 6th annual motorcycle show, but we also turned it into our 5th Year Anniversary party! I had been monopolizing the decision for where the donations would be going to so Jan stepped up and stated that he would like to make the choice for this year. A good friend’s wife has MS, therefore Jan wanted this year’s fundraiser to go to The Multiple Sclerosis Society. We had a lot more going on this year and started making plans much earlier in the year. We contacted all the organizations and asked them to come up with carnival type games to entertain the crowd. We had a burn out pit that year and the Discovery Channel Bike built by Gypsy the first woman participant. West Plex 100.7 provided a live broadcast early in the day with “The Beau & Katy Show” with music from Stray Bullet for the rest of the day. I believe it was an extra hot summer day, but everyone still came out and fun was had by all.

 

2009 | Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA)

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I worked for a short time with Kelly Behlmann the founder and Executive Director of DASA. This connection is what prompted me to call and see if they would be our recipient for our fundraiser. I almost picked a different fundraiser this year but was pulled to DASA. I think God had a hand in it because not only was Kelly thrilled to accept our donation, but DASA was holding an Olympic event that year and was in need of extra funds. It worked out beautifully. Jeez Laweez provided the music that year. This was year five of our annual show and by now I had a set group of organizations that I can count on every year to come out and support us. One gentleman in particular, Dennis with Broken Chains Chapter CMA helps us out every year to clean up the lot the day before the show. What a blessing! It always comes down to the wire and just when I think “Oh my gosh, we still need to clean the lot!” Dennis shows up with other members and they get to work without asking for anything. As a matter of fact, I come out ahead with, not only a clean lot, but with prayers for a successful day to boot!

 

2007 | Village of the Blue Rose

For those of you that don’t know, I am an occupational therapist working within the pediatric realm, mostly in the schools. At the time I had several high school students with developmental delays and one of the goals is to assist them in getting ready to transition from school to the work force. Village of the Blue Rose is a great little bed and breakfast and restaurant between Clarksville and Louisiana Missouri off of scenic Hwy 79 (for reservations call 573-242-3464 or 573-242-3539). Village of the Blue Rose employs adults with developmental delays providing a loving work environment and housing for those that may not otherwise find employment. Right up my ally! By year three I had a wonderful volunteer staff that took a lot of stress off the preparations and wondering how was I going to pull off another event. . . with volunteers of course! Music was provided by The Big Easy.

 

2006 | Bikers for Babies/March of Dimes

Jan and I had been on the Bikers for Babies ride in 2005 and were planning on going again in 2006.  Tiny, as many of you may know, was very heavily involved in Bikers for Babies.  Tiny had stopped by the shop quite a few times earlier in the year and really talked up all the good that the March of Dimes was doing   for infants, so Jan & I thought it a worthy cause.  Entertainment was  Ben Wah Bob.  More time meant more goodies were collect as door prizes.  I tried being more organized with my volunteers and found our micro managing does not workJ   A valuable lesson that has served me well in the following years.