Motorcycle Benefit Run – Women Riding for Women In Need
It was on May 22nd that my husband, Chuck and I stood looking at the radar on our computer screen and it didn’t look good – the forecast was calling for 60% precipitation. We would have to cancel the StreetLight Mission motorcycle benefit run and default to our rain date of June 6th. And then, there we were again on the evening of June 5th, the day before the Run, looking at our computer and it was like deja vu. The clouds were coming in once again and this time there was a 70% chance of rain. Despite the forecast, we decided we had to move forward. We prayed to God for clear skies and went on with our evening. Before heading to bed Chuck decided to verify the weather again and a miracle was happening in front of his eyes. As a large group of clouds rolled toward New Jersey, they were all dissipating before his eyes. By the time we got up in the morning, there was a 10% chance of rain. Praising God and feeling blessed, we headed to Watchung Reservation in Mountainside, NJ to set-up and await the motorcycles.
The sun was shining and the motorcycles were rolling in. With 53 motorcycles, which included a significant presence from the Indian Knights, we took off on ~40 mile run through the beautiful country roads of New Jersey to end up at the Mission in Elizabeth, NJ. The run was escorted by the Blue Knights (Newark, NJ Chapter IV – a Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club) and assistance was also provided by the Newark and Union County Police Departments. All the local municipalities were also on point – there to block all the intersections as the motorcycles roared by. The awaiting crowd at StreetLight Mission welcomed the arrival of all the riders with great cheer and enthusiasm. After a few words of thanks from the organizers and Karen Yuschak, President of the Mission, the party was kick-started with live music and great food.
This was the 1st year that StreetLight had this event – $1,925 was raised for the women in need. With these funds, StreetLight Mission will be able to expand services to women struggling from poverty, addiction, abuse and hopelessness. This will help women in need regain their lives and journey towards wholeness.
We had a chance to catch-up with some riders who shared their thoughts about the run. Comments included: “…great cause” and “…great event” and “In all my years of participating in motorcycle runs this was the most organized run.”
We are all looking forward to the 2nd Annual Run in 2011. If you couldn’t make it this year or don’t ride, but would still like to contribute to this cause, you may donate on-line by clicking here and noting “Motorcycle Run” in the comment section.
Special recognition to:
- My husband, Chuck Pirao
- Blue Knights (Newark, NJ Chapter IV)
- Newark Police Department for providing 3 motorcycle escorts
- Indian Knights
- Union County Police Department for helping with the escort
- All local municipalities
- Fishes and Loaves (Evangel Church, Scotch Plains, NJ) for donating the food
- Rutherford Baptist Church (Rutherford, NJ) for the live music
Sandra Pirao Organizer,
“Women Riding for Women In Need”