Bikes, Blues & BBQ generates nearly $200,000 for local groups

Bikes, Blues & BBQ director Joe Giles speaks Friday during a donation event inside the Fayetteville Town Center.

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ Executive Director Joe Giles was grinning from ear to ear when he took the stage at the Fayetteville Town Center Friday night to announce that the amount of money the motorcycle rally generated for local charities in 2012.

Giles said $102,132 was raised by 17 local groups, such as the FHS Band Boosters, Sequoyah Kiwanis and Boy Scout Troup 122, for contract work performed during the rally. Giles and the organization’s board of directors also handed out another $90,000 to local charities during a donation presentation ceremony Friday night.

Organizers did not hold a donation ceremony in 2011, citing an increase in expenses after the hiring of additional rally staff and expansion into Parson’s Stadium in Springdale.

Giles said he was happy to see the charitable donations back on track in 2012. “This is what this rally is all about,” he said.

Listed below are the organizations that received donations from the 2012 rally. The 2013 installment of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is set for Sept. 18-21.

Charity2012 Donation Amount
Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club$20,000
Seven Hills Homeless Shelter$5,000
Peace at Home Family Shelter$5,000
Pagnozzi Charities$5,000
Ozark Literacy Council$5,000
NWA Free Health Center$5,000
NWA Economic Development District$5,000
Lifestyles, Inc.$5,000
Jackson Graves Foundation$5,000
Fayetteville Public Education Foundation$5,000
Youth Bridge$2,000
Walton Arts Center$2,000
Southeast Fayetteville Community Center$2,000
Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Scholarship Fund$2,000
Ozark Military Museum$2,000
Horses for Healing$2,000
Circle of Friends – AR Children’s Hospital$2,000
Youth Strategies$1000
Washington County 4-H Foundation, Inc.$1,000
Springdale Benevolent Foundation$1,000
Single Parent Scholarship Fund$1,000
Childcare Aware$1,000
LifeSource International$1,000
Fayetteville Youth Wrestling Club$1,000
Fayetteville Band Boosters$1,000
CASA of NWA$1,000
BTX Kids Sports Experience$1,000
Big Brothers / Big Sisters$1,000