Piqua Bikefest gives back with community donations


Piqua Bikefest gives back

By Sam Wildow - [email protected]



Mike Ullery | Daily Call Representatives from the 2015 Piqua Bikefest committee distributed donations, totalling $5,000, from last year’s event during a ceremony at Piqua Harley-Davidson on Wednesday. Pictured are, l-r, Rev. Kenneth Stewart, representing the Greene Street United Methodist Church; Cathy Large and Wilma Earls, Bethany Center; Gary Wagner, Piqua Munch Bunch; Carla Bertke, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development; Greg Gover, Peggy Henthorne, Dan Lawrence, Greg Foughty, Piqua Bikefest directors; Lt. Joe Gephart and Dane Mowen, Ohio State Highway Patrol; Adele Penrod, Kathy Booher, Piqua Parents as Teachers.


PIQUA — In their continuing participation with the community, Piqua Bikefest, a non-profit organization, reached out to five area businesses to receive donations that stemmed from the 2015 Piqua Bikefest event proceeds. Green Street United Methodist Church, the Bethany Center, RCND-Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development, Piqua Munch Bunch, Piqua Parents as Teachers, and the Ohio Troopers Caring received a total of $5,000 on Wednesday afternoon.

“We are so grateful for that opportunity,” Adele Penrod of Piqua Parents as Teachers said about receiving the donations. “It’s just like a special gift.”

About the organization, Penrod said, “We’re there to support parents.”

According to Miami County Human Services, Piqua Parents as Teachers is a family education and support rogram “offering child development information and encouragement of parenting skills. Provided are monthly individualized home visits, weekly playgroups, periodic group meetings and educational opportunities, yearly screenings and information regarding local support and resources.” Families with children prenatal to kindergarten in the Piqua area are eligible to benefit from them.

“We screen kids once a year,” Penrod said, explaining some of the services they provide. By screening childrens, families can find out early on if their child has a learning disability. That way, families can learn ways to cope with those issues and it is easier for the child “to get over those hurdles,” according to Penrod.

Piqua Munch Bunch “is an organization that delivers food to needy kids,” Gary Wagner of Piqua Penecostals said. Wagner explained that they took over running the program in Piqua approximately two years ago as a way “to be a blessing to the community.”

Piqua Munch Bunch is a weekend program and works with school counselors to find kids in need. They receive their food from Shared Harvest Foodbank, and it costs approximately $1.60 per bag.

Dane Mowen, president of Ohio Troopers Caring, said that the donation they received on Wednesday is “wonderful, exciting, really going to help us.” Ohio Troopers Caring is a charitable wing of the Ohio Troopers Organizations, supporting the community by contributing to Bears Against Drugs, Shop with a Cop, children’s hospital visits, and more.

Wilma Earls of the Bethany Center said that donations are “wonderful” and “feels great” to receive them. These donations will go toward the feeding programs other needs at the Bethany Center.

In addition to donations, the Bethany Center is also in need of volunteers, particularly for the cold shelter this winter.

“We’re always looking for volunteers,” Earls said.

“It’s such a blessing,” Carla Bertke of Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development said. “We feel very fortunate.”

Bertke also commended the Piqua Bikefest for their contributions to the community, including bringing income and exposure to the community through holding the event.

“They’re just great,” Bertke said about the volunteers behind the Piqua Bikefest.

According to a press release, the Piqua Bikefest event was inspired over 100 years ago. “The event is a community driven, family oriented motorcycle event that welcomes riders and guests of all interests and backgrounds,” the press release stated. “Owning a motorcycle is not a necessity, as the event also features live music, stunts and various vendors along the streets of downtown Piqua and the Piqua Harley-Davidson dealership on U.S. 36.”

The 2015 Bikefest included concerts from Jasime Cain and Saving Abel.

Mike Ullery | Daily Call Representatives from the 2015 Piqua Bikefest committee distributed donations, totalling $5,000, from last year’s event during a ceremony at Piqua Harley-Davidson on Wednesday. Pictured are, l-r, Rev. Kenneth Stewart, representing the Greene Street United Methodist Church; Cathy Large and Wilma Earls, Bethany Center; Gary Wagner, Piqua Munch Bunch; Carla Bertke, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development; Greg Gover, Peggy Henthorne, Dan Lawrence, Greg Foughty, Piqua Bikefest directors; Lt. Joe Gephart and Dane Mowen, Ohio State Highway Patrol; Adele Penrod, Kathy Booher, Piqua Parents as Teachers.
http://dailycall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_010616mju_piqua_bikefest.jpgMike Ullery | Daily Call Representatives from the 2015 Piqua Bikefest committee distributed donations, totalling $5,000, from last year’s event during a ceremony at Piqua Harley-Davidson on Wednesday. Pictured are, l-r, Rev. Kenneth Stewart, representing the Greene Street United Methodist Church; Cathy Large and Wilma Earls, Bethany Center; Gary Wagner, Piqua Munch Bunch; Carla Bertke, Rehabilitation Center for Neurological Development; Greg Gover, Peggy Henthorne, Dan Lawrence, Greg Foughty, Piqua Bikefest directors; Lt. Joe Gephart and Dane Mowen, Ohio State Highway Patrol; Adele Penrod, Kathy Booher, Piqua Parents as Teachers.

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Piqua Bikefest gives back

By Sam Wildow

[email protected]

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

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