GRAND RAPIDS — Last summer’s initial Rally for Hunger drew more than 800 motorcyclists and raised $43,000 in donations to God’s Kitchen, the downtown food pantry. This year the rally, set for July 28, has a goal of 1,000 riders and $80,000 in contributions.
Rockford Construction, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, WLAV-FM and Indian Motorcycle Grand Rapids are the corporate sponsors for this year’s ride, which leaves the DeltaPlex Expo and Convention Center in Walker at 11 a.m. and takes the scenic routes to Bertha Rock Park in Ionia County. Once there, riders will find food, beverages and music from the Jimmie Stagger Band, the Wild Woolies and James Murphy and the Accidentals.
The event ends about 4 p.m. with sponsors presenting a check to Carol Greenburg, program director for God’s Kitchen. The day begins at the DeltaPlex at 9 a.m. with breakfast and registration, which is $20. Riders are urged to seek pledges for the 25-mile trip.
In addition, Rockford Construction CEO John Wheeler has donated a $25,000 “Fat Boy” Harley-Davidson chopper as a raffle prize. About 150 tickets, of the 2,001 allotted, were still unsold last week. These can be purchased at WLAV, 60 Monroe Center, or at the “Blues on the Mall” shows for the next two Wednesdays.
Rally for Hunger is an annual fundraiser for God’s Kitchen, which serves more than 300,000 free meals to people in need each year. God’s Kitchen does not receive government funding, and is a program of the Catholic Human Development Outreach.