Local motorcycle club aims to reduce stigma and support community.
Niagara Region [July 13, 2023] The Welland Motorcycle Club (WMC) knows what stigma is all about. As “bikers” they face it. Not only is reducing stigma one of the reasons they choose to support Pathstone Mental Health, supporting kids in the Niagara community is also near and dear to their members.
After a 3-year hiatus, the Harley Davidson motorcycle draw that was a signature at the annual Biketoberfest Event held at the WMC, returns this year.
The annual event founded by Bruce and Suzanne Bissell went quiet through Covid and returned last year, but the annual Harley Davidson raffle did not. For the past 6 years, Bruce and Suzanne along with a band of volunteers went to summer events including Canal Days, and to Port Dover with the bike, selling tickets for a chance to win a Harley Davidson Street Glide Motorcycle. All funds raised, supported Pathstone.
Unfortunately, we lost Bruce shortly after the 2021 Biketoberfest Event. Bringing the bike back this year is a really a tip of the hat in memory of Bruce. “He was so passionate about Pathstone, and while times have certainly changed, the need to support Pathstone has not.” Suzanne Bissell, co-founder and wife of the late Bruce Bissell.
This year, tickets are available online, at a cost of $20 each or 6 tickets for $100 for a chance to win a 2023 Model FLHX Harley Davidson Street Glide (Valued at just under $33K) Second prize is $1,000 cash. The draw will be made as it always is, at this year’s Biketoberfest event, which will be held September 15th & 16th at the Welland Motorcycle Club in Welland. The official draw will be made at 7pm on Saturday, September 16th. You do not need to be present to win
Both Suzanne Bissell and the Welland County Motorcycle Club are thrilled to return to their partnership with Pathstone with all funds raised from the raffle supporting Pathstone’s newest site, River House, located in Welland. With Covid lockdowns a thing of the past, we can’t wait to return to full bore at Biketoberfest 2023 and we can’t think of a greater cause to support! Sean Gillespie, President of the Welland Motorcycle Club.
TO PURCHASE TICKETS: Scan the QR code or visit https://biketoberfest.rafflenexus.com/