Summer is the best time to jump on a motorcycle and just ride, especially for a great cause. Muddy Jake’s Sports Grille and Pub will be sponsoring a motorcycle benefit ride, poker run and concert for the Hearts of Life Animal Rescue. The benefit is rightly called “Hawgz 4 Dawgz.“
“When people think of bikers, they think we are really gruff, but not all of us are like that. We love to give back to our community,” said Hawgz 4 Dawgz founder and event coordinator Lisa Ray.
Three years ago, Ray and her husband regularly volunteered for different motorcycle benefits as a way to give back to Hopkins County. They eventually decided to set up their own benefit.
“A friend of mine has a no-kill animal shelter on the north end of town. I found out he was low on funds to buy enough dog food for all the animals. I thought Hawgz 4 Dawgz would be a great way to raise money for his shelter,” said Ray. “We have been doing it ever since.”
Hearts of Life Animal Rescue began with only a few pens more than six years ago. Currently, the non-profit organization is responsible for more than 400 adoptions and houses more than 50 animals at a time.
Registration for Hawgz 4 Dawgz will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Muddy Jake’s. The ride will begin at 10:30 a.m.
“Debra ‘Bo’ Bohannon will begin our event by playing the national anthem and holding a prayer. Then, the bikes will head out and make will head out and make five different stops and pick up poker chips for our poker run. We will be playing with dominoes this year,” said Ray. “There will prizes for the best high and low-hands. During the run, we will also be having three judges hold a best bike contest.”
At 5 p.m,. live music will kick off with Birthright Blues Project headlining the event, followed by Tyler Lenius. A silent auction will also be held.
“We just want to help our community,” said Ray. “We are thankful for the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office and for Muddy Jakes’ for helping us with this event.”
For more information about Hawgz 4 Dawgz, contact Hearts of Life Animal Rescue at 903-438-8000.