2022 Past Events
Thank you letter from PVA
2022 Ride to Remember
On May 28, 2022, we hosted the 2nd Annual Ride to Remember to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of Central Florida, Sanford, FL. We had over 70 riders participate in our annual Blackjack Run. We partnered with Budweiser and Total Misfits RC to create a successful event. With raffles held at each stop: The Alibi, Geneva, Fl, Shay's Airport Lounge, Sanford, FL, Wet Spot, Sanford, FL and Shovelhead, Longwood, FL and an more raffles at the ending and a 50/50. We raised $2,200 for the organization. During our stop in Sanford, we held a flag ceremony at the Sanford Veteran Memorial Park where we placed a wreath. Live music was provided by Fyre Insyde.
2022 Christmas in July
Our 2nd Annual Christmas in July event was another success. We held a scavenger hunt to find 40 items and answered 4 riddles at each stop. We partnered with The Alibi, Geneva FL, Shay's Airport Lounge, Sanford, FL, Wet Spot, Sanford, FL and the ending event at Shovelhead Lounge, Longwood, FL. Through contributions we donated over $2,000 worth of arts and crafts supplies to the United Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise, FL. At the end we had raffles, 50/50 and live music provide by Fyre Insyde, Sickman and That Guy.
November 12, 2022 we held the inaugural Vet Fest to benefit the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Central Florida Chapter. We held the event in partnership with the Wet Spot Bar on Park Avenue in Historic Downtown Sanford. We were honored to have Mayor Art Woodruff read a proclamation to announce November 12, 2022 as Vet Fest Day. Our opening ceremony included a prayer, Pledge of Allegiance of America, Proclamation, National Anthem and an introduction of several of our local Paralyzed Veteran recipients. Everyone was introduced to Milton Sowards, 102-year-old, World War II Army Veteran and he was around most of the day.
Throughout the day, we had 4 local bands donate their times to play: Dave Itkin, The Knockdown, Vagabond Syndicate, and Fyre Insyde. There were also vendors who were selling their items to help raise more money.
A huge THANK YOU to our supporters of the event: WJRR/iHeart Radio, Frank Gay Commercial Services, Gast Construction, Fortiline Waterworks, Best Rental, Jogue, Inc., GoRascal, AGED, Florida Electric Works, River Grille, Gibson Truck World, Paddy's Pub, and Deland Collision Center.
We were honored by your generosity and were able to donate over $4,300 to PVA.
2022 Wreaths Across America
At our inaugural VetFest, we helped with the Wreaths Across America booth. We were able to raise enough donations ($600) to purchase 40 wreaths for the event. Our members attended the event on December 17, 2022 at the Deland Memorial Gardens. While there, we helped place 1,300 wreaths on the graves of our fallen veterans. You can learn more about Wreaths Across America at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Thank you letter from Florida United Methodist Children's Home.
2022 Christmas Toy Drive
Christmas is a time to give to those in need. We have continued its annual tradition of hosting a Blackjack Toy Drive for the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise, FL on December 3, 2022. Thank you to all those who donated gifts and participated in the annual event. A special thank you to the locations that hosted us: The Cabbage Patch, Foxhead, The Alibi, Shay's Airport Lounge, The Wet Spot, and Shovelhead. Sunny Beaches at The Alibi offered our riders a $5 BBQ sandwich lunch that was delicious!
Along the way, we enjoyed meeting new friends and playing Blackjack.
At Shovelhead, we were entertained with live music from Fyre Insyde and Crowned Rebels.
We announced the top hand and the worst hand at Shovelhead. Fred Mayer was our top Blackjack hand and Jolly Roger was the worst. Good fun was had by all.
On Monday, December 19, we dropped off 5 boxes of toys, games, sporting goods and more to the children's home (estimated $3,000).
Merry Christmas to one and all!