Members of Blue Knights chapter XXI were hoping the sun would peek out of the clouds Saturday afternoon, but didn’t let a little rain or slow attendance at the children’s fun day, held in coordination with the fourth annual Bonnie Reeves Iron Butt Run, dampen their spirits.
“This part, considering the rain, is going well,” said Sandy Reeves, wife of Blue Knights chapter XXI founder and president, Ken Reeves. “We’ve already learned a few things we can add or take away for next year.”
The Bonnie Reeves Iron Butt Run, named in memory of Ken and Sandy’s daughter, Bonnie, benefits the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center, which serves child victims of sexual and or serious physical abuse.
“We’ve always raised money for the children’s advocacy center. We had a poker run two years in a row and then our daughter was killed in a car accident in 2004. She loved kids,” Sandy said. “This was just something we could do in her honor. I’ve volunteered the last couple of years at the children’s advocacy center as a family greeter and it’s really become close to my heart.”
“The Blue Knights motorcycle club has become such a big part of our family,” said Gingerbread House executive director John Wyckoff. “The board and I look forward to their annual event as a time to reminisce and talk about the program on the building. Their involvement and support means so much to us because of the event being named in Bonnie Reeves’ honor.”
Ten motorcyclists participated in the run, with five opting to do the 1,000-mile “Saddle Sore” event, and five traveling the 1,500-mile “Bun Burner.” The Bun Burner took riders from Waxahachie to Birmingham, Ala., Nashville, Tenn., Little Rock, Ark., and back to Waxahachie.
“The first two left at about 7 (Friday) and the 1,500-milers left at 2 (Saturday morning) and they expect to be back at 7 (Sunday) morning,” Sandy said.
Organizers held the children’s fun day for the first time this year, inviting families to come to the Target parking lot and enjoy a bounce house, dunking booth, bean bag throw and other games, as well as buy tickets for several raffles. The Waxahachie Police Department Explorers were also at the event, performing children’s fingerprinting, handing out gun safety kits and brochures for the upcoming Citizens Police Academy.
The “Dunk the Cop” dunking booth, featuring local law enforcement representatives such as Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Danny Williams, assistant district attorney Lindy Tober and assistant district attorney Patrick Wilson.
“It’s ended up being pretty good now,” said club secretary Larry Green of the children’s fun day turnout. “The weather has slowed down the participation we expected, but those who have come have been more than generous.”
The event included raffles for a flat-screen television and motorcycle equipment. Organizers included a 50-50 raffle, with half of the raffle’s donations going to the raffle winner and the other half going to the Gingerbread House.
Green said all proceeds from the children’s fun day also benefit the Gingerbread House.
“All the club events and fundraisers all go to our club benefactor, which is the Gingerbread House,” Green said, adding that each Blue Knights chapter chooses a benefactor. “On average we’re making $2,500 to $3,000 at these events and each year we try to top that. We’re hoping for over $3,000 this year.”
Blue Knights XXI is the largest chapter of the Rio Grande Conference, with 120 members from Ellis, Dallas, Tarrant, Rockwall and Johnson counties.
“The Blue Knights is a law enforcement motorcycle club and we are a worldwide organization,” Green said.
For more information on Blue Knights XXI, visit the chapter’s Web site online at www.blueknightstx21.org.
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