Bikers 'Freezin for a Reason'

By Jessi Stone Assistant editor | Mar 06, 2013
Photo by: Donated photos Pictured above, Kim Turner Mathis rides underwear-clad with Robert London for a good cause.  Below, Lane Robinson makes the sacrifice for Mountain Projects' heating assistance program for those in need.

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.

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