PLYMOUTH – American Legion Post 20 presented the Plymouth Community Food Pantry with $4,000, raised from their annual Fall Motorcycle Ride.
Post Commander Keith Golnik said that the check was presented by American Legion Riders Chapter 20 Director Chris Oberg to Larry Minor, of the Plymouth Community Food Pantry’s Board of Directors at the Legion Riders’ monthly meeting.
The motorcycle ride was held on Sept. 26. It was a 90-minute ride, followed by dinner, a 50/50 raffle and music by post member David Quick.
“With 106 motorcycles taking part in the yearly tradition it was fun time for all attendees,” said Golnik. “It was the biggest turnout we’ve had in recent years in terms of motorcycles and people coming for the dinner.”
Golnik attributed the success of this year’s Fall Motorcycle Ride to the community wanting to give back more than ever.
“I think people realized that there was a need in the community,” he said. “They were willing to give back and help those in need.”
Minor said he was “overwhelmed” with the donation.
“Thank you very much for your generosity - and especially this year when the need has been significant,” he said.
According to a post about the event on Legion.org, the motorcycle ride normally funds about 10% of the food pantry’s yearly operating budget. This year, Oberg said that the funds raised will double that percentage.
“This is definitely a banner year,” he said. “I think people have been itching for something to do and riding your motorcycle couldn’t give you any more social distancing.”
Golnik praised the efforts of the local food pantry, especially during the covid-19 pandemic.
“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.”
For more information on American Legion Post 20, call 860-584-9119 or visit facebook.com/plymouthpost20.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.