On May 22, 2010, the Yorktown, VA chapter of the Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club raised $1,150 for Vets Helping Heroes. We are absolutely grateful not only for their financial assistance in providing service dogs to veterans, but also for their help raising awareness about Vets Helping Heroes.
With a colossal noise of revving engines, 50 bikers launched their aptly-named “Putts for Mutts” bike ride from Yorktown, Virginia. The troop circled through the Colonial Parkway into Williamsburg, then north through West Point, down to Gloucester and into Newport News. The total route was approximately 100 miles. We spoke to organizer Todd “Z” Wiggen to find out more about the ride and the inspiration behind it…
What was the most exhilarating experience of the ride?
The best part is just getting out and riding with fellow bikers, especially in support of such a worth cause. The Brothers In Arms Motorcycle Club supports veterans and feel strongly in providing for our brothers and sisters that have paid a price in service to their country.
What was the most beautiful sight for you along the way?
The Colonial Parkway is always beautiful as it runs through a National Park and along the James River.
How did you go about raising funds for the bike ride?
In addition to receiving donations from several BIAMC bikers that could not make the ride, we promoted the event at area businesses, through the military bases and through a local motorcycle club event coordinating group. It’s important to reach out to all of the biker community. Also, publishing events in local motorcycle publications is a big help!
What inspired you to choose Vets Helping Heroes as a cause to support?
As mentioned, we do all our rides to support veteran causes. This charity appeals to many of us that also love animals. The idea that a veteran injured defending this great country can be supplied with a service dog to help re-integrate into normal society is fantastic!
What message would you impart to others about tackling challenges and/or helping a worthwhile cause?
It’s very rewarding when you can have an event that helps people and is successful. It is worth the hundreds of hours put into coordinating something like this. We can’t wait to do the second annual “Putts for Mutts” ride in 2011!
Vets Helping Heroes can’t wait too! Check out the Brothers in Arms MC, Yorktown Chapter website for more information on their charity rides.