The Panhandle Wild Hogs held their 8th annual Blaze Coffee Benefit ride on Saturday, May 18.
Proceeds from the ride go toward a new bloodmobile for the Coffee Memorial Blood Center.
“We do this for Coffee Memorial and they understand the cause and the need of why we’re doing this,” Terry Coffee, Panhandle Wild Hogs member, said.
Coffee’s life was changed when his son, Blaze, was severely injured in an industrial accident eight years ago and later died.
Now, Coffee and other members of the Panhandle Wild Hogs help to give back to those who helped them.
“Coffee Memorial was very instrumental with me and my wife whenever Blaze was in the hospital, so we decided to keep it with Coffee Memorial,” Coffee said.
The event is meant to raise money and riders are encouraged to have fun doing it.
“We make it so they have a short ride and then we have a lot of prizes that we give away,” Coffee explained.
Participants say donations have been given to the right place, and for the right reason.
“Blood is the one thing that everybody has and we want it to be available if they need it,” Sace Hardman, a Panhandle Wild Hogs member, stated.
Riders hit the road in memory of Blaze and continued to look forward to what they can contribute.
“Because of Coffee Memorial Blood Center, his family was able to spend a few more days with him. We do it to honor him and also to help Coffee Memorial Blood Center out,” Hardman stated.
The group estimated over 200 people were in attendance at the event. Door prizes were also given out during a raffle, most of which were donated by local businesses.
Throughout the event’s eight years, over $50,000 has been given to Coffee Memorial.