Morrison County residents William Hollermann and Tim Grose wanted a way to show their respect and heartfelt feelings about Disabled American Veterans by organizing a Motorcycle fundraising event held July 25, 2015, explained Danny L. Noss, Chapter 12 Senior Vice Commander. He went on to say. “They came to the DAV chapter with a great plan to have a Motorcycle Bike Run with all the proceeds going to support Disabled American Veterans. They knew that there were many veterans and other individuals who owned motorcycles in the Morrison and Todd County areas that would be happy to show their support.
Pictured left to right: Tim Grose, Jeff Tschida, Debbie Boelz, Roland Mammenga, William Hollermann, Kim Waln.
They secured commitments from Jeff Tschida and Debbie Boelz, owners of the West Side Café and Bar in Little Falls, to host the Bike Run.
When the day came for the Bike Run, there were a total of 54 motorcycles, six support vehicles and 85 individuals registered to partake in the Bike Run. William and Tim had laid out an 83 mile route that started and ended at the West Side Café with one hour stops at The Landing Bar, owned by David Woitalla, in St. Anna, Minnesota and Red’s Irish Pub, owned by Bryan Allen, in Swanville, Minnesota. DAV members Roland Mammenga, Kim Waln, Rick Jarvis, Rick Skoglund and Dan Noss and other individual volunteers provided road guard support at the major highway intersections.
The weather for the Saturday Bike Run was beautiful and all riders and passengers enjoyed the ride and the stops on the way. Door Prize drawings were held at each stop. Everybody returned to the West Side Bar at 5:00 PM and were offered a very good meal provided by the owners. William and Tim accumulated 33 items from businesses within 50 miles from Little Falls and these very nice items were offered to the individuals as part of the Live Auction held at 5:30 PM. There was a $10.00 registration fee for the Bike Run and this money plus the money from a 50/50 drawing and the Live Auction totaled $4,664.00 to support veterans in the community.”
Russell Neterval, Commander of DAV Chapter 12 said. “On behalf of the 440 Chapter 12 members I want to thank all the people that made this fundraiser a great success. William Hollermann and Tim Grose for all their hard work in organizing the Bike Run. Owners of the West Side Bar in Little Falls, for hosting the Bike Run. All the bikers and riders who participated in the event. The one hour stops along the 83 mile ride; Landing Bar and Red’s Irish Pub owners. All the DAV members and individual volunteers who provided road guard support at the major highway intersections.”