Meet The Charities Benefited By Bikes, Blues And BBQ

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) -- Nearly three dozen Northwest Arkansas charities are expected to benefit from the Bikes, Blues and BBQ rally in Fayetteville.

In 2015, the event, dubbed as the "largest charity motorcycle rally," donated more than $170,000 to various area charity organizations.

Since the event began in 2000, rally organizers said more than $1.3 million has been donated to groups, including the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Northwest Arkansas.

The nonprofit gives scholarships to single parents who want to go back to school and further their education.

About 130 low-income families in Washington, Madison and Carroll counties receive assistance from the fund every year, said Joy Morris, development director of SPSFNWA.

"The scholarship has a huge impact on the families that we serve," Morris said. "With their degree, they're able to set a great example for their children to follow, and they're more likely to go on and earn their degree as well."

The fund received a $2,500 donation from Bikes, Blues and BBQ, along with five percent of sales and all tips generated by SPSFNWA staff who worked the beer garden.

"The Northwest Arkansas Scholarship fund has been involved for the past nine years with the rally," Morris said. "This will be our 10th year to be involved."

The Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club has also been on the receiving end of donations for more than 10 years, said Becky Brink, director of development for the club.

"Our staff go down and volunteer every year, because we just think it's so important to support it," Brink said. "It's something that provides so much income for the nonprofits in the area."

The boys and girls club hosts more than 200 children every day for after school activities. Brink said low income families are often the biggest benefactors of the funds.

"Their funding allows us to have kids that are from low-income homes participate in our after school and our summer programs," Brink said.

Tommy Sizemore, executive director of Bikes, Blues and BBQ, said he hoped the four-day-long event would raise $200,000 in 2016, which gets underway on Wednesday (Sept. 20).

 

 

2 comments

  • RickeyD

    It’s so very nice that the BBB Rally does such wonderful things for charity, but permit me to ask these question please.

    1) Why must the Rally be attended by motorcycles that are illegally equipped, illegally LOUD and in direct violation of Federal Law and Arkansas State Law, 27-37-601, which specifically requires that every motor vehicle operated on the roadways of Arkansas be equipped with the quiet “factory-installed muffler” or a muffler conforming to the specifications of the factory-installed muffler?

    2) Why does Mayor Jordan and Police Chief Tabor invite the Loud Biker Cult[ure] into Fayetteville (BY THE THOUSANDS) knowing full well that 60% to 80% of the motorcycles in attendance will be illegally equipped and emitting decibel levels that are four-to-eight times+ the legal total motorcycle noise emissions (logarithmic scale) of 80 dB(A) as required and restricted by the US EPA = that 80 dB(A) being the “minimum” level of motorcycle noise emissions protection for the general public?

    When Mayor Jordan and Chief Tabor invite these LOUD motorcycles into their jurisdiction, they know full well that every municipality on the routes to and from the BBB Rally will be bombarded by the illegal noise that has been proven to be detrimental to our health and welfare, especially the health and welfare, the quality of life of our children, our elderly, our handicapped – those most sensitive to this illegal noise nonsense. Why does AG Rutledge permit these violations to our civil liberties and our Constitutional protections to continue year after year? Permit me to ask another question.

    3) What exactly transpires at the BBB Rally that could not transpire with the motorcycle participants atop a legal motorcycle, with the US EPA compliant, quiet, factory-installed muffler affixed to said motorcycle?

    4) Why must illegal motorcycle NOISE be involved in what is advertised as a philanthropic endeavor/family friendly event? Why is the Loud Biker Culture permitted to usurp the rule of law specifically enacted for the protection of our health and welfare and our quality of life?

    5) One final question please. How has the Mayor and Police Chief of Fayetteville not been held Constitutionally liable/culpable seeing that for years they have opted to trade the civil liberties and civil protections of the citizens of Arkansas for profit – for political expediency? You say…Oh..it’s for charity – really?

    How has the Mayor and Police Chief been complicit in violating the law? By conspiring to NOT enforce the State Muffler Law and local ordinance regulating the dangerous and intrusive motorcycle noise present in overwhelming numbers at the BBB Rally and throughout the State of Arkansas, yet these “law enforcement officers” provide police protection services for the law breakers i.e. the Loud Biker Cult[ure] who run slipshod over the rights and protections of the tax-paying citizenry. How can this be? Why is this permitted to continue?

    I personally performed a Freedom of Information Request for vehicular noise citations issued by the Fayetteville PD over a six-month period of time in 2015 – a time period surrounding the 2015 BBB Motorcycle Rally where many thousands of illegally LOUD, illegally equipped motorcycles were traversing the roadways of Fayetteville and the State of Arkansas – after having been invited into our area by Mayor Jordan. Guess how many vehicular muffler citations were written and related arrests made by the Fayetteville PD over that entire six-month period for violations of the State muffler law and the Fayetteville City Ordinance? Come on and guess…

    NOT A SINGLE CITATION WAS ISSUED though Chief Tabor published a BBB Rally “Chief’s Letter” several years ago on the Internet/BBB Rally Website where he clearly articulates that the #1 problem – the #1 compliant during the BBB Rally is complaints by residents regarding the MOTORCYCLE NOISE – yet the Chief and his law enforcement community have done NOTHING!

    The Fayetteville PD and Mayor Jordan are complicit in violating the law and the 14th Amendment/USC 1983…and what has been done to correct this egregious, criminally complicit violation of our Constitutional rights? NOTHING!

    It’s a good thing that monies from the BBB Rally go to support charity…but must that good deed be tainted with illegal, complicit, Constitutionally violative/tortious behavior on the part of those responsible for protecting and serving our families?

    Rick Holtsclaw
    Concerned Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles – Facebook, YouTube and WordPress

  • Don Scott

    Our communities all over the US are bombarded with extreme amounts of motorcycle noise. If bikers want to help society, please install stock legal exhaust systems on your motorcycle.

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