Bikes, Blues & BBQ Executive Director Joe Giles was grinning from ear to ear when he took the stage at the Fayetteville Town Center Friday night to announce that the amount of money the motorcycle rally generated for local charities in 2012.
Giles said $102,132 was raised by 17 local groups, such as the FHS Band Boosters, Sequoyah Kiwanis and Boy Scout Troup 122, for contract work performed during the rally. Giles and the organization’s board of directors also handed out another $90,000 to local charities during a donation presentation ceremony Friday night.
Organizers did not hold a donation ceremony in 2011, citing an increase in expenses after the hiring of additional rally staff and expansion into Parson’s Stadium in Springdale.
Giles said he was happy to see the charitable donations back on track in 2012. “This is what this rally is all about,” he said.
Listed below are the organizations that received donations from the 2012 rally. The 2013 installment of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is set for Sept. 18-21.
|Charity||2012 Donation Amount|
|Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club||$20,000|
|Seven Hills Homeless Shelter||$5,000|
|Peace at Home Family Shelter||$5,000|
|Ozark Literacy Council||$5,000|
|NWA Free Health Center||$5,000|
|NWA Economic Development District||$5,000|
|Jackson Graves Foundation||$5,000|
|Fayetteville Public Education Foundation||$5,000|
|Walton Arts Center||$2,000|
|Southeast Fayetteville Community Center||$2,000|
|Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund||$2,000|
|Ozark Military Museum||$2,000|
|Horses for Healing||$2,000|
|Circle of Friends – AR Children’s Hospital||$2,000|
|Washington County 4-H Foundation, Inc.||$1,000|
|Springdale Benevolent Foundation||$1,000|
|Single Parent Scholarship Fund||$1,000|
|Fayetteville Youth Wrestling Club||$1,000|
|Fayetteville Band Boosters||$1,000|
|CASA of NWA||$1,000|
|BTX Kids Sports Experience||$1,000|
|Big Brothers / Big Sisters||$1,000|