Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

24th Annual Bikers with a Mission Ride-Kansas City, Missouri

Written by  June 1, 2013

Riders in last year’s Bikers with a Mission Ride endured torrential downpours. This year’s weather was somewhat better, but the day still began with overcast skies, light rain, drizzle, and cool temperatures. Despite the unfavorable conditions, around 215 motorcyclists chose to participate in the May 5 ride to benefit the City Union Mission . Cash and pledges amounted to more than $17,000 bringing the 24-year total to nearly $623,000. 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.

Participants could register on-line or at the event. On-site registration at the Mission was open from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. The ride fee was $25 per participant, rider or passenger. The route covered 126 miles with a checkpoint at the Richmond Shell station. Riders were due back at the Mission by 1:30 p.m. Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and soft drinks were provided for lunch. The Good News Garage Band provided musical entertainment, and several people who had received City Union Mission assistance told their stories.

Most of the bikers had returned by the time the closing ceremony started at 1:00 p.m. beginning with a welcome from the Mission’s Executive Director Dan Doty. Next was the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Jody Jarrett. An announcement was made concerning the new “$5 for 25” program. In honor of next year’s 25th anniversary of the Run for the Homeless, pledges of $5 per month for the next 25 months are encouraged. Those making the pledge receive a special pin and, at the conclusion of next year’s ride, will be presented with a CD of photos illustrating the history of the ride. Another new program this year permits participants to complete the ride on any day during the month of May and still receive the ride patch and/or rocker.

Dan introduced Colonel Teddy Bitner of the Cycle Disciples M/C , the event emcee, and presented him with a framed certificate honoring Bikers With a Mission as first runner-up for Biker Charity of the Year 2012. Teddy recognized the event sponsors and thanked everyone for their participation. After a short sermon by Reverend Guy Girratono, the founder of the City Union Mission Run, a large facsimile check in the amount of $16,921.44 was presented to Dan. Subsequent donations and pledges have increased the amount to well over $17,000.

Ray Schneider was recognized for bringing in the most pledges and cash donations with $1,845. He received a custom-made knife donated by Bill Miller of W. M. Knives, who has provided knives as incentive prizes every year since the event began. Next came the drawing for raffle prizes including another knife, a motorcycle helmet painted by Larry Collens, and a $100 gift card from Creation Tattoo. Auction items included Royals dugout box tickets donated by Burns & McDonnell and a $100 gift card from Aftershock Tattoo Company. To save time, other winning ticket numbers had been posted on a whiteboard that could be checked by riders as they returned from the route.

At the conclusion of the event, Dan said, “Motorcyclists throughout the metro area look forward to this annual event as a time for sharing a passion for the road and a compassion for our less-fortunate neighbors. They should feel good about their efforts to strengthen the fabric of our community. 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. We also want to thank all the volunteers and promotional sponsors who helped make this event a success. Hope to see everyone next year for the 25th annual event!”

By the time the program concluded the weather had improved, and the sun was beginning to peek through breaks in the cloud cover. Next year’s ride is scheduled for May 4, 2014.

The following is a list of sponsors whose generous contributions helped to make the 24th annual ride a huge success in spite of the nasty weather:

Platinum ($500+) Engle Motors, Grandview Top Co.

Titanium ($250+) Gail’s Harley-Davidson , Shawnee Cycle Plaza , Cycle Disciples M/C

Chrome ($100+) Blue Springs Harley-Davidson , Liberty Cycle Center, K.C. Metro Blue Knights, Heart of God Fellowship, Freedom of Road Riders Local 1, Freedom of Road Riders Local 29, CMA Wheels of Thunder Chapter 988, Wade’s Two Wheelers

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

Gift in Kind – Accent Special Event Rental, ALDI, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cycle Disciples M/C, Emmanuel Bible Church, Glacier Ice, Beverly Godwin-Seamstress, Good News Garage Band, Gun-KO Traffic Control, Haitian American Baptist Church, John and Jody Jarrett, Kansas City Young Matrons, KC Metro Blue Knights, Krispy Kreme-Merriam, Mid America Laminating Company, Northland Christian Church, Northland Sonic, Pepsi Beverages Company, Road Runner Safety Services, Sign-A-Rama, Strasser Hardware, Swiss RE, The Hayes Company

Gift in Kind Attendance Prize – After Shock Tattoo Company, Cabela’s, Donnell’s


Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

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 stripe@cycleconnections.com