Bikes, Blues & BBQ donates $55,000 to local charities

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ is over, the smoke has cleared, and the folks behind the the annual motorcycle rally just handed out a bunch of money to local charities.

Organizers donated $55,000 to 25 local non-profit organizations at their annual funding ceremony held Monday night at George’s Majestic Lounge.

The Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club, and the Area Agency on Aging received the largest donations this year at $5,000 each.

Also this year, the rally’s “generals,” or volunteers heading up various aspects of the rally, chose Child Care Aware for an additional $5,000 award.

Event director Coleson Burns said that organizations also raised over $105,000 on their own during the 2014 event.

Organizers said the 2014 rally was the largest in scope to date, with an expansion to Arvest Ballpark in Springdale this year, and new events such as a classic car show, vintage bike show, military appreciation area, and steak cooking competition.

Since it was established in 2000, Bike, Blues & BBQ has donated over $750,000 to local organizations.

The rally will return to Fayetteville Sept. 23-26, 2015.

Charity2014 Donation Amount
Big Brothers Big Sisters$1,000
Camp Alliance$1,000
Children’s Safety Center$1,000
Fayetteville Public Education Foundation$1,000
Horses For Healing$1,000
Lifesource International$1,000
NWA Rape Crisis Center$1,000
Ozark Literacy Council$1,000
Restoration Village$1,000
Springdale Youth Wrestling$1,000
Washington County 4-H Foundation$1,000
Jackson L. Graves Foundation$2,500
LifeStyles, Inc.$2,500
NWA Free Health Center$2,500
Peace at Home Family Shelter$2,500
Promise Land Food Program$2,500
Seven Hills Homeless Center$2,500
Sheriff Ralph Baker Memorial Scholarship$2,500
Single Parent Scholarship Fund$2,500
Winslow Community Meals$2,500
Youth Bridge$2,500
Pagnozzi Charities$4,000
Area Agency on Aging of NWA$5,000
Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club$5,000
The Generals Award – Childcare Aware$5,000