Bikers with a cause: raising money for Matthew Litchfield
by Alan Reed
Jul 18, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ken Rettberg and his dog Lexi visit Rip’s Barbecue in Gracey decked out in their biker best to support fundraising efforts for 13-year-old Matthew Litchfield.  Matthew suffers from chronic myeloid leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant in March.
Ken Rettberg and his dog Lexi visit Rip’s Barbecue in Gracey decked out in their biker best to support fundraising efforts for 13-year-old Matthew Litchfield. Matthew suffers from chronic myeloid leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant in March.
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Roaring motorcycles and dusty trails formed the ambiance of a fundraiser at Rip’s Barbecue in Gracey on Saturday. The fish fry benefit and poker run scheduled for July 28 benefits 13-year-old Matthew Litchfield, who suffers from chronic myeloid leukemia.

Rip’s Owner Joey Allen said, “Every year, the Fraternal order of Eagles Motorcycle Club of Hopkinsville chooses a family or a child in the community with a life threatening illness to raise money for. Last year, they raised $21,000 for the family. These guys cut no corners and are selling a chance to win a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle for $20. Only 2,000 tickets will be sold, so that is a pretty good chance for $20.

A flier for the poker run, held in honor of past beneficiaries Lexi Sabatino and Ryan Brown described the motorcycle as a 2007 Harley Davidson Softail provided by Abernathy’s Harley Davidson. Allen said the brand new bike costs $18,900.

Ronnie Moore, Poker Run Committee Chairman of the Eagles’ Club said that his group purchased the bike, but all profit from the raffle went to Matthew and his family. “We started five years ago because we were looking for something to do to help children. Every year, it gets bigger and bigger. Last year, we had over 450 bikes come out. Anyone can put a poker run together, but without rider support, it means nothing.”

On Saturday at Rip’s, Allen and his staff accepted donations and offered patrons a hot fried catfish lunch, complete with coleslaw and hushpuppies. Items including t-shirts and caps were raffled to raise more money for the cause.

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