NOLANVILLE — The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association hosted its second annual Vets for Vets Memorial Run at Kay’s Motorcycle Mania on Saturday.
Motorcycle enthusiasts of all ages came together for a charity ride to raise funds for the William R. Courtney Veterans Home in Temple.
The home is a 160-bed facility licensed and certified to provide skilled nursing and domiciliary care to aged and infirm Texas war veterans. In addition to state and federal funding, the home relies upon veteran’s service organizations, civic and church groups for sponsorship of numerous activities and programs for the general well-being of the veteran patients at the home.
“Instead of handing them a check, we go in and spend time with them and ask them what they want and need, purchase it and deliver it,” said Michael “Thumbtack” Nail, with the motorcycle association.
This year, the event raised more than $1,500. Funds raised from the inaugural event went to purchase flat-screen TVs and an Xbox gaming system.
“We are trying to help reduce the risk of falls and things falling on them and giving them things they actually want,” said Diane “Sauce” Trujillo, a member of the motorcycle group’s auxiliary. “By getting rid of the clunky ones they have now that sit on top of dressers and by mounting the new ones on the wall, they will be up and out of the way.”
Event highlights included live music, a bike wash, vendors, raffles, drawings and bike games for kids and adults.
“This is all about giving back to our local veterans right here in our community,” said Gary “Top” Carners, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association’s chapter commander. “We do these type of events to raise money to give back to them. We just hope to grow the event every year so we can do more for them.”