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Bikers raise funds for abused children
Aug 01, 2006 12:00 am
Local residents came together to show their support for aiding victims of child abuse by attending the "Family Day" fundraiser at Crossroads Baptist Fellowship Sunday.
The fundraiser benefited the newly formed Central Volunteer State Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA). The group is dedicated to aiding victims of abuse and creating a safe environment for the children. BACA works with local and state officials to help protect the children, according to its Web site. The national organization has chapters in approximately half of the United States.
"We heard about it through church," Crossroads Baptist Fellowship member Chris Agee said.
The festivities began with a "blessing of the bikes" led by the BACA chaplain in which the chaplain wished each bike safe travels. Other activities for the patrons included inflatables and games for the kids and a silent auction and bike show for the adults.
Unlike traditional bike shows where the entrees are critiqued by a panel of judges, the BACA bike show winner was chosen by the public. About 20 bikes were entered for judging.
The visitors voted using individual ballots, and the bike with the most votes was declared the winner.
Michelle Agee seemed pleased with the number of people who supported the cause.
"I can't believe the turnout," she said. "It's gone real well."
Live entertainment was also a part of the festivities. Local bands and members of the church took the stage to entertain the guests.
The silent auction was a popular stop among the visitors.
"Until a few minutes ago, you couldn't even get to the table," Crossroads Fellowship member Lynn Williams said.
That was certainly good news for the organizers. Herbert estimated the funds raised by the event were between $1,500 and $2,000.
"We were very pleased with the turnout," she said. "It was better than we expected for our first event."
"BACA would like to thank the community for all of the support," Herbert said.
Staff Writer Kimberly Jordan can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.