PLYMOUTH – American Legion Post 20 is holding a motorcycle ride Saturday to benefit the Plymouth Community Food Pantry.
The event will begin with registration from 9 to 10:45 a.m. at the post at 245 Main St. The riders will then hit the road at 11 a.m. for a 90-mile ride with two planned stops before returning at 2:30 p.m. From there, participants can enjoy food, a 50/50 raffle and music by post member David Quick.
Post Commander Keith Golnik said that the American Legion Riders have been organizing this motorcycle run for at least 10 years. In past years, he said that they have gone very well.
“We've always lucked out,” he said. “We’ve had perfect weather and they’ve been a great time for everyone. It’s a great way to give back to the community.”
Golnik praised the efforts of the local food pantry, especially during covid-19.
“The Food Pantry does a good job,” he said. “This year has been a year of high need. They’ve been pretty busy and they could use all the help that they can get during these trying times. Hopefully, the governor lets us get back to a sense of normalcy soon.”
This year has also been a challenging one for American Legion Post 20.
“When the truck hit us, we shut down 10 months as we renovated, then opened for five months, then the governor shut us down for a couple months,” said Golnik. “Now, we are back but with limited operations. Financially it has been tough. We haven’t been able to hold most of our events because of the restrictions placed on us. Until restrictions are loosened we’re losing money every month. We’re facing a lot of tough decisions like a lot of veterans’ service organizations throughout the state are.”
Golnik encouraged people to come out Saturday to support their community and support local veterans.
American Legion Post 20 will also have a flu shot clinic with the local CVS Pharmacy on Oct. 3 from 2 to 6 p.m., where they will also hold a membership drive and do pumpkin painting with children.
American Legion Post 20 also plans to hold a gun raffle fundraiser and Golnik is currently putting the details together. More information will be announced in the future.
The cost to participate in the motorcycle ride Saturday is $20 for one rider and $30 for a rider and passenger. People can also pay $15 for the food only.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.