Peru, IN - “The Crew” a local riding/biker group is coming together on Saturday, May 12 for the “Love For Lola Benefit & Ride” that will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Literary Aide Society, 21 West Canal St., Peru.
According to Cherri Briscoe the group was asked by a dear friend of Lola Ritchie Mercer to organize the event after they held a prior benefit for another cancer patient, Troy Chamberlain last March. This event will be for Lola who is fighting stage IV lung cancer.
The Crew has about sixty active members and many of them are involved in planning this event.
“We just started tossing it around and before we knew it had turned into something quite wonderful,” said Briscoe. “We just kept on adding things along the way.”
The event will run all day and includes face painting for the kids, a photo booth, games going on all day, two live bands (Way Back When and Roger Marshal and the Wall) the motorcycle ride, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, Slow Drag, Road Kill, Best Bike Award and more.
Triple P BBQ is helping to sponsor the event and will be there with food. Tickets for food are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Other sponsors for the event include Tom’s LP Gas, Zane’s LP Gas and Bill’s Meat Market. The Literary Aide Society is also helping by donating their facility for the day’s events.
TnT Custom Slates of Syracuse, Indiana will be making an award for the Best Bike in the ride. They will also be on hand to make custom slates or plaques for anyone wanting to purchase them. You can see more about their work by clicking HERE.
Not only does The Crew sponsor their own events, they participate in events held by other clubs in the area.
Lola said she is happy for the support.
“Sometimes I have a hard time coming up with words,” said Mercer. “I just love these people, I haven’t known them long, but I feel like I’ve known them forever.”
Most of the members did not know Lola but once they met her they knew they wanted to help.
One member said that the group just started out as a small group that just wanted to ride in 2015 but has expanded to much more. They not only want to help with charity fundraisers but are also looking at doing some community projects as well. They hope to help change the image of motorcycle riders by doing positive things in the community. They have members from all kinds of backgrounds including law enforcement, waste management, construction, healthcare, and others.
You can learn more about the group by visiting their Community Outreach page on Facebook by clicking HERE.
The event occurs during Peru’s Second Saturday event so be sure to stop by and support this wonderful benefit to support Lola in her battle against cancer.