News Item: Bikers go to war against child abuse
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by MJF
Thursday 22 June 2006 - 11:14:59

Azle News
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Jeri Field



Almost 70 bikers gathered at Eagle Mountain Cycles on East Main Street in Azle last Saturday for what is now hailed as the first annual benefit “Poker Run” for the Cross Timber chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA).
BACA is a nonprofit motorcycle club that rallies its members to defend and support abused and neglected children.

The first BACA chapter started in Utah in 1995. Today there are 80 chapters across the United States (22 in Texas) and four international chapters – two in Australia and one each in England and Canada.



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Last Saturday’s Poker Run was sponsored by Eagle Mountain Cycles, which donated the use of their building. Sharing the sponsorship was Landmark Construction & Painting, which sprung for all the food, drinks, raffle items and coordinated the event.
After picking up their maps at Eagle Mountain Cycles, bikers left for the 51.5 mile ride circling Eagle Mountain Lake. Along the way they picked up cards in Boyd, Newark, at Augie’s Sunset Cafe in Azle and along 718 east of the lake.

By 3 p.m. everyone had returned to the shop and were eager to show their hands.
Gift certificates were issued to the first, second and third place winners, but the winners donated their prizes back to the event.

Ticket, raffle sales and donations netted BACA $2,000, to help pay administrative costs and therapy services for the 16 abused and neglected children adopted, to date, into the BACA Cross Timbers chapter family of Bikers.


According to BACA webmaster and child liaison, Sherry Oliver, who’s road name is “Skid,” the number of children adopted by their chapter will be 24 by the end of July.

BACA memberships are not simple to get. Prospective members must fill out an application and pass a background check. Full membership, which includes the privilege of wearing the BACA patch, can take up to a year.
BACA members work closely with licensed child therapists and law enforcement officials as well as Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children (CASA).
The Cross Timber chapter covers abused and neglected children who live in Parker, Johnson and Palo Pinto counties.

Money raised at last Saturday’s Poker Run will help provide BACA mementos such as vests, patches, pins, stuffed animals, blankets and toys for adopted children. It will also pay for such basic needs as school supplies, camps, sports activities, toiletries, clothes, beds and anything else necessary to make the children feel more secure and safe.

To learn more about BACA, visit the website www.bacausa.com


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