By: Jeanie Hood Carter
On December 24th, 2016, a winning ticket was pulled for “The Avatar” custom built shovelhead motorcycle raffle at The Redneck Yacht Club in Fayetteville, NC. This was the last event the foundation would be holding as the Bikers For Bikers Foundation since the nonprofit has legally changed its name. Originally the winning ticket was to be pulled at the 2016 Music Fest Rally, but the foundation had not met its ticket sales goal. The members and Board of Directors voted to extend the deadline to December 24th at which time someone would win a great Christmas prize.
At approximately 2:00PM a little boy who was in the crowd was asked to pull the winning ticket while going live on the Facebook business page. The winner was Patrick Adkins from Hope Mills, NC. Patrick wasn’t present, so Mickey called him. At first Patrick thought it was a marketing scam! We all get those dreaded marketing calls. When Mickey explained he won the bike and everyone was yelling for him to come down and claim it, he came right on out to claim his new bike.
Patrick was a little in shock and couldn’t believe he had won. He said he bought 2 tickets at the Music Fest Rally and several more at The Redneck Yacht Club from Terri Morgan. Tickets were sold as far away as Oregon, Texas, Kentucky, and New York. The last motorcycle raffle BFBF had, the winner was in Utah and had purchased one ticket. As the saying goes, “It just takes one!” Patrick said he did not own a bike so he was very excited to win and be able to ride.
The funny part of the event, several days before the drawing the bike wouldn’t start! It had been ridden less than 300 miles and was better than fine wine. Mickey thought something was wrong with the starter and we were feeling bad because we had to draw and it wouldn’t start. He ordered a new starter and had Patrick bring the bike to the house. Turned out, the starter was fine, but the support cap was a hair out of alignment. How funny is that? Well if you’re a bike builder, you will get it. Mickey said the bike cranked right up, he looked up and when Patrick heard his new bike for the first time he was all smiles. Patrick was great!
As of January 1, 2017, BFBF became The BIKERS AND NEEDY CHILDREN Foundation (www.TheBikersAndNeedyChildrenFoundation.com) The B.A.N.C. Foundation. The original Charter Members are now the Founding Charter Members and all new Charter Members are the regular Charter Members. Application process, memberships, 501(c)3 status, and all stays the exactly same, only the name has changed. New patches are available at the website and our meetings and events are always open to the public.
Thank you to all who supported the foundation and the raffle as well as those members and businesses who sold raffle tickets.