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A.C. Reeves’ passion for motorcycle riding began 50 years ago and has taken him to every state except Hawaii.
But his passion to help fellow residents will bring him to downtown Columbus on Saturday morning to depart on the 116-mile Mayor’s Motorcycle Ride, which last year generated $4,435 for the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund.
The motorcycle fundraiser leads into Public Safety Family Fun Day, featuring a community cookout, display of emergency vehicles and free children’s activities.
Reeves, 70, of Taylorsville, enjoys the open road and heading out on his Yamaha Venture for adventures that may be hundreds or even thousands or miles away, soaking in the countryside and meeting new people.
He also is drawn to smaller rides close to home where he can support a good cause, such as the Cheer Fund, said Reeves, who retired after a career working in factories, the insurance industry and at Pentzer Printing.
Reeves and his wife, Donna, a retired nurse, like to volunteer as well.
Donna Reeves, for example, recently became a court-appointed special advocate to help children involved in the court system, and Reeves has been active in the Bartholomew County Honor Guard, Hope American Legion and Camp Atterbury USO.
A.C. Reeves was among about 150 riders who took part in the first Mayor’s Motorcycle Ride last August.
“It was a huge group that left City Hall,” he said. “It’s just a fun time, not a typical ride, and you’re supporting a good cause.”
Instead of venturing out on their own, riders mostly kept pace together, creating quite the sight as they rode through cities and towns, he said.
He encourages others to donate just a little bit of their time and money to Saturday’s ride.
It will be led by Mayor Kristen Brown on her Ducati Monster 750. She referred to it as a fun way for the community to support the firefighters and the children who benefit from the Cheer Fund.
The Christmas assistance program is overseen by First Call for Help. Last year, Cheer Fund donations provided gifts to more than 1,200 children, and more than 200 elderly residents received gift baskets.
“With the money we raise, we will be able to buy a lot of toys and bicycles,” said Brown, who has been riding motorcycles since she was 15.
The ride is sanctioned by the local chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, a national organization focused on motorcycle safety and awareness.
“With the mayor being a motorcyclist and ABATE member herself, this is the perfect opportunity for us to bring attention to motorcycle safety and awareness while benefiting a great cause,” said Donju Taylor, local ABATE chapter president.
Brown and other ABATE members will line up their motorcycles around City Hall Saturday before the 10 a.m. start time.
Brown said the riders should be back to City Hall by 1:30 p.m., when the Public Safety Fun Day will begin.
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