Bikers 'Freezin for a Reason'
Local biker chapters banded together last weekend to raise money for Mountain Projects’ energy assistance program.
This was the third year for the Freezin for a Reason – Bikers in Boxers fundraiser.
Kim Mathis with Maggie Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation said bikers paid $20 a piece and passengers paid $10 to ride through downtown Waynesville in their underwear to raise money for the cause. The event raised more than $3,000 for the energy assistance program.
Mathis said she was thrilled with the results because as of last week, the Mountain Projects’ program funds were completely depleted.
“It’s a great cause and people really turned out,” she said. “It was literally just a day’s effort, and to raise that kind of money, that shows some serious community support.”
Last year the event raised about $1,700 and this year’s goal of $2,200 was far surpassed thanks to local support from the community and businesses.
One March 1, the day before the race, Mathis said she raised $600 within a few hours by holding a baked potato and salad plate fundraiser at the nursing home. The riders also sold Freezin for a Reason $15 T-shirts on Main Street during the ride to raise money.
The shirts sold out, but another order is being placed for people who would still like to make a donation. To place an order or to make a donation, call Mathis at 926-4326.