WHAT: A motorcycle ride and bar party for Helios Warriors
WHERE: Ole Shakey’s
WHEN: Sunday, Aug., 7, from 1-6 p.m. (ride at 11:30 a.m.)
WHY: “We find that veterans come out of the military with physical, emotional and spiritual trauma,” says Helios Warriors executive director and Army veteran Marsha Bennett. And with the help of about 24 volunteer practitioners, Helios is increasing these individuals’ access to low-cost, holistic forms of care like acupuncture, chiropractic services, reiki, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, emotion code therapy and more.
The nonprofit’s upcoming Help the Healing fundraiser will support just such services, though it hinges around a much more casual source of relief among veterans: motorcycle riding. Led by local Navy veteran Bill Bowers (plus Bennett in his passenger seat), a procession of bike-riding Helios supporters will depart from Ole Shakey’s at 11:30 a.m., and travel along the Blue Ridge Parkway before returning to the bar by 1 p.m. Riding costs $15 per driver plus $5 for a passenger and includes lunch.
“Once we get [back] to Ole Shakey’s, we’re going to have live music by local musicians Stevie Lee Combs and Caine McDonald of Raising Caine,” Bennett says. “We’re also planning a cornhole tournament.” Teams of four can enter for $20, and the action starts at 2 p.m.
Bennett has also organized a live and silent auction featuring restaurant gift certificates, local artwork and jewelry, “and then the really cool stuff that we have is autographed sports and music memoribilia,” she says. Those specially-sourced items come signed by entertainment icons like Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones, Muhammad Ali and the cast of Star Wars.
Admission to the event is free, though attendees must be 21 or older and current members ($5) or guests at Ole Shakey’s. In-person registration for the motorcycle ride begins an hour before departure. Early registration and more event information are available at helioswarriors.org.