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Benefacting Bikers -- Upcoming motorcycle benefit runs and other local events

August 12, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

All bikers love the freedom of wind in their hair, two wheels on the open road and knowing there's a good cause to benefit. Several upcoming motorcycle events are scheduled to help great local charities and benefits through the rest of the year.

David Barbur motorcycle ride for A.C.T.

Sunday, Aug. 21, starting at 8:30 a.m.

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The non-profit organization ACT will hold a 30-mile motorcycle ride and brunch Sunday, Aug. 21, to raise funds for programs for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Motorcyclists across the state are invited to join the 30-mile trip around Lee County to raise funds for A.C.T. in honor of David Barbur, a former Sunrise Rotary Club "Rotarian" and A.C.T. Board member who led a remarkable life of service in the Fort Myers community.

The motorcycle ride will begin with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. and kickstands up at 9:30 a.m. at the Six Bends Harley-Davidson, 9501 Thunder Road, Fort Myers, and end at the Keylime Bistro restaurant, 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island.

The A.C.T. Motorcycle Ride will raise funds for ACT to continue providing meaningful program services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry, and Glades counties. The ride is $20 per person. For more information or to register for the event, contact Jennifer L. Benton, 239-939-2553 or visit

Bootlegger's Bike Night

Saturday, Aug. 20 (also Sept. 17 and Oct. 22)

The folks of Salty Sam's Waterfront Adventures are no strangers to what's hot on two wheels. The local hot spot continues hosting monthly bike nights the third Saturday of every month.

Bikers from all over are encouraged to take a ride down to enjoy live music, food and drink specials, biker games with prizes, and more. There is no cost to enter the show, nor any of the games (must sign a liability waiver) some of the games will include slow races and biker "jousting." For more information on Bootleggers' first Bike Night, visit

Fallen Heroes Ride Sunday, Sept. 11

Join the folks of the Six Bends Harley-Davidson dealership and its HOG Chapter as they ride out to Patriots Park in Venice. Kickstands are up at 10 a.m.

B.A.C.A. Passport Run Saturday, Oct. 15

The second annual event to raise funds for this great local cause, the City of Palms Chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse kicks off the run at Six Bends Harley-Davidson at 10 a.m., with the last bike out at 11:30.

The last stop is the Shell Factory at 3 p.m., with live music, prizes, raffles, and silent auctions. All proceeds to benefit the children of B.A.C.A. Visit

Fouth annual Elvira Run Saturday, Oct. 22

Now in its fourth year, the annual Elvira Poker Run fund-raiser, hosted by the local XL & MM Widows Sons Masonic Riders Assn., is held to benefit the Southwest Florida Masonic Center Charities. The run kicks off at Six Bends Harley-Davidson, followed by Sidelines on Colonial Boulevard, City Tavern in downtown Fort Myers, two stops in Cape Coral, finishing up at Bootlegger's Waterfront BBQ.

Each stop will offer special games, prizes and other fun events for poker-runners, with the run wrapping up with a big celebration at Bootlegger's that evening, with live music, bike games, raffles and much more. The cost to participate is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger the day of the run, which includes a poker hand and access to all of the special activities at each of the stops. For further information, to join as a sponsor, to make a donation, or to pre-register for the run, visit

Cape Coral Bike Night Oct. 8 and Dec. 10

Cape Coral Parks and Rec offers this seasonal event again starting Oct. 8. Motorcycle enthusiasts can get together and listen to live bands, eat great food, peruse the hundreds of merchants and have plenty of fun, taking place the second Saturday of October, December, February, and April.

Live music hails from two main stages in the street rally venue. Join in on the Harley-Davidson "slow bike" race arena and participate in the biker games. Visit for more info.

Bikers for Babies Nov. 4 to 6

Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and spectators will join together to give a fighting chance to every baby. As the second largest and the longest police escorted ride for the March of Dimes, individuals, riders, clubs, businesses, and organizations will battle it out to be the top Bikers for Babies fund-raisers to be recognized and lead the ride the following year.

Participants don't have to ride to get involved in this unique event. Just sign up, fund-raise, and enjoy the fun, family-friendly weekend at Six Bends Harley-Davidson.

Weekend activities include concerts, bike nights, food trucks, a VIP party for sponsors and top fund-raisers, vendors, biker competitions, yoga, warrior games, kid's activities and more. Visit

Beach Pub Toys for XMas run and benefit

(TBD November during the Sandsculpting Fest)

The annual Toys for Christmas Toy Drive benefit and Patrick Stott Memorial Bike Run has taken place for the last 15 years. After a long-distance poker run, bikers return to the pub for live music, food, prizes and more throughout the day.

All toys and funds raised are donated to the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department, for proper dispersal to our local islanders, offering an extra ray of cheer during the holiday season. For more information or to make a donation to the cause, call the Beach Pub, 239-765-6102.

Junkanoo run for island children

(TBD usually November)

For the last two decades, an annual Christmas Poker Run, hosted by the Michael DeCarlo Foundation, has hit the road for a cross-county sweep while raising funds and toys for the local children of Fort Myers Beach and the Lee County Sheriff's Youth Athletic League. Stops are all over the county, which finishes up at Junkanoo on the Beach. For more information, visit



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