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23rd Annual Bikers With a Mission Ride - Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  June 1, 2012

More than 300 motorcyclists arrived at City Union Mission in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday, May 6, to participate in the 23rd Annual Bikers With a Mission Run for the Homeless. On-site registration was open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and was staffed by the Kingdom Riders, Cycle Disciples , and City Union Mission. Riders came in spite of a forecast that called for heavy rain. Sure enough, rain moved in during the morning hours in the form of strong thunderstorms. Those who chose to go ahead and ride the 80-mile route had to deal with some very treacherous conditions. Many who came to the Mission elected to remain there until the storms passed. They enjoyed food, beverages, and musical entertainment provided by the Good News Garage Band. 


Most of the riders had returned from the route by the time the closing ceremonies began a bit after 1:00 p.m. The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of the National Anthem, beautifully done by Pastor Bob Kapps of the Heart of God Fellowship . Executive Director Dan Doty welcomed the participants on behalf of the Mission saying, “City Union Mission is grateful for all the riders who participated in today’s event, as well as the individuals and groups who supported them with generous pledges. They should feel good about the difference they’ve made in the lives of their neighbors who are homeless or struggling to provide for their families. This is an occasion we look forward to every year because of the way it brings our community together.” Colonel Teddy Bitner of the Cycle Disciples M/C recognized the event sponsors, and Reverend Guy Girratono informed the crowd about the history of the B.W.A.M. ride. Michael Booth and Sheryl Hasmanis spoke about how the Mission had helped them get their lives back on the right track.

A large facsimile check in the amount of $25,141 was displayed at the event, and a subsequent update brought the total to $25,600 in cash and pledges. Over the 23-year history of the event, a grand total of $607,000 has been donated to help the Mission assist Kansas City’s homeless and working-poor. The funds are used to help Mission clients with needs over and above what the Mission typically budgets for, including utility assistance, bus tokens, baby formula, prescriptions, dental and medical care, eyeglasses and much more.

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Glenn and JoAnn Hicks were declared this year’s grand-prize winners for securing the most pledges and cash in hand on the day of the event at $1,950. There were many prizes that had been donated as fund-raising incentives or as raffle or door prizes. They included knives from WM Knives, gift certificates from Cinzetti Italian Restaurant, a custom-painted helmet, a bundle of fireworks from Big Jack’s, Harley-Davidson windshield trim, four Royals vs. Red Sox tickets from Burns & McDonnell, and many more.

The following is a list of sponsors whose generous contributions helped to make the event a huge success in spite of the nasty weather:

Premiere ($1,000+) Engle Motors

Platinum ($500+) Grandview Top Co.

Titanium ($250+) Teamsters Local 41, Eastern Kansas Tour Riders, Gail’s Harley-Davidson Shawnee Cycle Plaza

Chrome ($100+) Antioch Bible Baptist Church, Blue Springs Harley-Davidson , F.O.R.R. District 4, F.O.R.R. Local 1, F.O.R.R. Local 29, Heart of God Fellowship , K.C. Metro Blue Knights, Liberty Cycle Center, Restoration Riders Chapter 371, Wheels of Thunder C.M.A. Chapter 988

Premium Gift in Kind – W.M. Knives, Burns & McDonnell

Gift in Kind – Accent Special Event Rental, ALDI, Big Jack’s Fireworks, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cycle Disciples M/C, Defenbaugh Industries, Emmanuel Bible Church, Frito Lay, Glacier Ice, Beverly Godwin-Seamstress, Good News Garage Band, Gun-Ko Traffic Control, Haitian American Baptist Church, Huhtamki, John and Jody Jarrett, K.C. Metro Blue Knights, Kansas City Young Matrons, Kingdom Motorcycle, Krispy Kreme (Merriam Kansas), Mickey “The Cotton Candy Man,” Northland Christian Church, Northland Sonic, Pepsi, Road Runner Safety Services, Sign-A-Rama, Strasser True Value, Swiss RE

Give-away Gift in Kind – Blue Springs Harley-Davidson , Hub Cycle, Quik Trip-78th St-KCK, River City T, Worth Harley-Davidson North

Next year’s B.W.A.M. ride is scheduled for May 5. Hopefully the weather will be more cooperative.

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Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at