Bike Night will benefit hospice

August 17, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - When Ron Gardner became involved in organizing Bike Night in 2004, he pushed to have proceeds benefit Hospice of the Panhandle.

"I think it's an outstanding organization that provides assistance to people in times of need, allows them to stay home when passing away," says Gardner, a sergeant with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.

In the early 1990s, Gardner saw how a hospice group in Florida helped his younger brother Mark stay at home as he lost his battle with cancer.

During the last two years, West Virginia Chapter V of the Blue-Knights has raised $10,000 for the local hospice group through Bike Night and individual donations, says Gardner, chapter president. BlueKnights is a group of law enforcement officers and retired officers who promote motorcycle safety.


Bike Night also benefits its co-sponsor, Main Street Martinsburg.

This year's event in downtown Martinsburg includes a ride through Back Creek Valley, entertainment by country rock group J Factor, a variety of motorcycle dealer and accessories vendors, food vendors and a Moonbounce. Station Grill will host a beer garden.

If you go ...

WHAT: Martinsburg Bike Night

WHEN: 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19

WHERE: Downtown Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST: Admission is free. To join the ride, a $10 donation is requested.

MORE: The bike ride starts at Martinsburg Mall at 5 p.m. and ends in downtown Martinsburg at 6 p.m. Registration is in the mall parking lot from 3 to 5 p.m. Road closings from 2 to 11 p.m. are on Queen Street from King to Race streets; King Street one block in each direction from Queen Street; and Burke Street one block in each direction from Queen Street. For more information, call 304-262-4200.

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