Bikes, Blues & BBQ donates $100,000 to local charities

Organizers of the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally handed out over $100,000 to 24 local charities at a funding ceremony held Wednesday night at Fayetteville Town Center.

Event director Joe Giles said he was thrilled to reach the $100,000 milestone, which had been a personal goal of his since he took over the rally two years ago.

The six-figure tally bested last year’s $90,000 in contributions, and Giles said he hopes to increase that number even further in the 15th anniversary of the motorcycle rally next year.

“There’s something special about anniversary multiples of 5, and we expect for 2014 to reflect that excitement,” he said.

Bikes, Blues & BBQ also this week presented a check to the Fayetteville Police Department for $4,274.58 to reimburse the department for a special event safety seminar officers attended in San Diego, CA earlier this year.

A full list of the charities that received donations this year is listed below. The 2014 installment of Bikes, Blues & BBQ is set for Sept. 24-27.

Charity2013 Donation Amount
Big Brothers big Sisters$1,000
Camp Alliance$5,000
CASA of NWA$1,000
Children’s Safety Center$1,000
Children’s Advocacy Center of Benton County$1,000
Childcare Aware$1,000
Community Creative Center$1,000
Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club$20,000
Fayetteville Public Education Foundation$5,000
First Tee$1,000
Horses for Healing$1,000
Life Source International$1,000
Life Styles, Inc.$5,000
NWA Center for Autism$1,000
NWA Economic Development District$23,000
NWA Free Health Center$5,000
Pagnozzi Charities$5,000
Peace at Home Shelter$5,000
Planned Parenthood$2,000
Seven Hills Homeless Center$5,000
Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Scholarship$1,500
Single Parent Scholarship Fund$2,500
Washington County 4-H Foundation$1,000
Youth Bridge$5,000