BRISTOL - Motorcyclists will hit the streets Aug. 24 for the 14th Annual Melâ€™s Run, sponsored by the St. Joseph Polish Society, riding for the Connecticut Childrenâ€™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 â€śBrendan James Donahue and the Guilty Party.â€ť
Melâ€™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.
â€śWe usually get an average of more than 125 riders,â€ť said Richard Parent, event organizer. â€śAs my good friend Bob Biestek used to say, we may be a small club but we can do big things. Weâ€™ve got a lot of good people that have been coming along with us since we got started.â€ť
Over the years, the event has raised $127,000 for the Connecticut Childrenâ€™s Medical Center Endocrinology Fund.
â€śWe have come a long way from our first year when we raised $2,500,â€ť said Parent. â€śOur 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.â€ť
Parent credited the success of Melâ€™s Run to more than 25 businesses in Bristol who have been consistent supporters. Among them are Emilyâ€™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 donâ€™t have a bike to ride and that additional donations will be accepted.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.