Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

The Mayor's Wheelin' & Dealin' Ride for Hope House

Written by  August 31, 2005

On Saturday morning of July 16, the biker community began arriving at Hawg Wyld Cycles in Lee’s Summit for registration to ride in “The Mayor’s Wheelin’ & Dealin’ Ride for Hope House.” Hope House is the largest domestic violence shelter in Missouri with locations in both Lee’s Summit and Independence. Over 60 bikes were in attendance for this ride, which doubled the number of riders from last year.

Connie S, one of my fellow Khrome Cowgirl sisters, was very instrumental in helping to pull off this ride. With Connie’s “get things done” attitude, and a lot of help from many volunteers, vendors and community heads, the ride came off without a hitch.

We met up at Hawg Wyld Cycles early in the morning to get everyone registered, eat some donuts supplied by Krispy Creme and mingle through the crowd of riders and their scoots. After a speech from the mayors of Independence and Lee’s Summit, the riders were off on the route. We even had some members from Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A.) manning one of the stops.

Connie did an amazing job planning and mapping out this route. It was definitely biker friendly. Kudos to Connie for her unselfishness in giving so much of herself and helping the Hope House staff and the mayors plan and execute this ride.

The ride came to an end at Paddy O’Quigley’s in Lee’s Summit where they had the basement set up with food and entertainment for the riders to enjoy. A never-ending buffet and the sweet sounds of Levee Town and John Paul and the Hellhounds filled the room. It was a great end to a great ride.

Raffle tickets were sold as the riders enjoyed the music and food. Soon Trish, from Hope House, and Connie began drawing tickets for the prizes. Hope House even presented Connie with a beautiful framed picture to thank her and the Cowgirls for all the hard work that had gone into making this ride what it was.

After all the prizes were given out, the dancing began. There were even a few dancing on tabletops (mmm… not me, not me!). We had a great time and once again were left with a great sense of accomplishment and pride in the biker community’s big hearts and open billfolds.

Hope House is a wonderful place of refuge for many victims of domestic violence in this community, and this organization needs all the help it can get. Be sure to keep your eyes open for next year’s ride. It hopefully will catch on and grow bigger each year giving a little hope and help to all the women and children who benefit from what Hope House stands for. Hope to see you all next year. Come and ride with us once again and make a difference!

Story & photos by Little Toto - Khrome Cowgirls Chapter of WITW