100-mile motorcycle ride Aug. 24 will benefit endocrinology work at children's hospital

Published on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:42


BRISTOL - Motorcyclists will hit the streets Aug. 24 for the 14th Annual Mel’s Run, sponsored by the St. Joseph Polish Society, riding for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Endocrinology Fund in memory of the late Melvin Chesky.

Registration for the event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at the St. Joseph Polish Society at 88 E. Main St., Forestville. A priest will then bless the bikes before they ride off at 11:15 a.m. to begin a 100 mile loop. They will then return to the society for a pig roast dinner, cooked in-house, starting at 6 p.m. There will also be raffles and live music by “Brendan James Donahue and the Guilty Party.”

Mel’s Run was established as an annual event in 2006 following the death of club member Melvin Chesky in 2005. Chesky fell into a diabetic coma and died.

“We usually get an average of more than 125 riders,” said Richard Parent, event organizer. “As my good friend Bob Biestek used to say, we may be a small club but we can do big things. We’ve got a lot of good people that have been coming along with us since we got started.”

Over the years, the event has raised $127,000 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Endocrinology Fund.

“We have come a long way from our first year when we raised $2,500,” said Parent. “Our original goal was to raise $5,000 at the event and although it took us five years, we blew it out of the water in the fifth year by raising $7,130. In 2012 we raised $12,000, in 2016 we raised $13,000, in 2017 we raised $17,000 and in 2018 we raised $18,000. The original goal was to raise $50,000 in 10 years and we raised that in the last three years alone. Our goal for this year is to raise $20,000.”

Parent credited the success of Mel’s Run to more than 25 businesses in Bristol who have been consistent supporters. Among them are Emily’s Catering, Arrow Manufacturing Co., Tracy Driscoll, Tollman Spring, Reliable Spring Company, and Economy Spring from Southington, to name a few.

Tickets will be sold at the door and are $20 per person.

Parent said that people are welcome to come to the club Aug. 24 to enjoy the food and music if they don’t have a bike to ride and that additional donations will be accepted.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:42. Updated: Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:45.