VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB) - Louisiana Lions campers kicked off their Independence Day party with a parade of motorcycles, some of whom came all the way from Natchitoches.
A local motorcycle club presented a check to the Louisiana Lions Camp from their fundraiser this year in the form of a parade. | Image Source: KALB
The Brother's Keepers Club was among 22 bikes revving their engines for the kids on Wednesday evening.
“I like coming here because most people when they see motorcycles they get the wrong impression,” said Leonard Rhodes, the President of the Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club, Chapter 4.
Riders tossed beads and stuffed animals before presenting Camp Director Ray Cecil with a $10,000 check.
“We're running pretty good with our fellow chapters,” Rhodes said. “They were kind of surprised that a small place like Leesville could raise that amount of money.”
“From the 145 Riders to the American Legion Riders to the Brother’s Keepers, these people have a heart of gold and would give you the shirt off their backs,” said Leesville Mayor Rick Allen.
The money was raised at the second annual "Big Mike Memorial Bike Ride" in honor of Mayor Allen's late brother.
“My brother was a motorcycle rider and he was a member of the Brother’s Keepers,” he said. “My brother’s whole deal was kids, kids, kids. Every time I see all of these guys, it reminds me of my brother and what he did for this community and what he gave.”
The group also grilled up some dinner and spent the rest of the evening at Lions Camp to pop fireworks. Giving back is what the club said they are there for.
“I see the smiles on the children’s faces,” Rhodes said. “The first time I came it was incredible, I didn’t know what to expect, but after the first year, I found out and now I’m looking forward to it every year.”
“I’m just stoked that they're keeping his legacy alive,” Mayor Allen said.
The club hopes the 4th of July tradition will continue to grow along with their donation to the camp.