COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The estimated 30,000 riders at Sunday’s annual Tejon Street Bike Fest would have turned out just for the event, but when they arrived they also readily chipped in to help those left homeless by the Black Forest fire.
Event organizer Jim Wear, president of ProPromotions, knows the strain firsthand. He was among the residents evacuated during the June wildfires, so he used the event to spread the word and collect donations.
"When I got evacuated and it was time to move all my stuff, you know who came to help me? A bunch of bikers," Wear, quoted in the Gazette, told the crowd at the Tejon Street stage. "So reach in your pockets and please help fill our donation boxes so we can help all the people of Black Forest."
ProPromotions was first to set up a large box at its booth for attendees to drop off clothing, food and other items, calling it "Bikers for Black Forest." All the cash and items, Wear said, would be dropped off at local relief organization Care & Share.
The Sunday event was sponsored by Law Tigers, Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson, Outpost Harley-Davidson, Coors and Coors Light, The Mansion, Blondie's, Cowboys, Gasoline Alley, Sam's Bar, Downtown Lanes and the Red Martini.
Posted by Holly Wagner