Two-wheeling benefit raises $20,000 for college scholarships
Carpenter bikers did right by Carpenter kids—and had fun doing it—on October 9 at the Second Annual NCCRC Motor-cycle Run.
"We had a great turnout, no breakdowns and no injuries," said Bobby Klein, senior field representative for Local 713, "and we raised $20,000 for scholarships."
Although the number of riders this year—39—was smaller than last year’s 74, the benefit ride raised $5,000 more for the Thomas A. Morton Scholarship Foundation than last year’s total. The foundation gives college scholarships to the children of NCCRC members.
The ride, which started this year at Local 152 East in Manteca, cruised through 120 miles of Sierra foothills to end back at the Manteca local.
"It was t-shirt weather all the way," Klein says. After last year’s sweltering trip in 100-plus degree heat, the organizers, Klein and George Barreras, retired field representative for Local 152, are committed to keeping the date in October, although locations will change.
"Our plan is to rotate to different areas, so some years it’ll be closer to the Bay Area and maybe we’ll ride out to Half Moon Bay and down to Santa Cruz and back," Klein said, "and the following year, we might go up toward the north coast by the redwoods. The idea is that people in different areas can get involved."
This year’s all-volunteer staff included "head chef" Rudy Valente, a retired member of Local 405, who made sure everyone had a great meal at road’s end, Jessica Pedroza and Amber Litton, as well as several field representatives, organizers and members of the Carpenters In Action.
Klein encouraged members to think about coming out for a two-wheeled cruise at next year’s 3rd Annual NCCRC Motorcycle Run.
"We don’t care if you want to ride a ten speed," Klein said, "it’s all about raising money for the kids to go to college."