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Motorcycle group raises money for Circle of Page

Modified: Wednesday, Nov 28th, 2012

Jim Blair, of the Modified Motorcycle Association, is flanked by Connie Tkalcevic and Mark Lewis, from the Circle of Page as he presents a donation to the group.
“Birds On Bikes” sounds silly doesn’t it?

But not so silly if you are one of the many who depend on Circle Of Page for its Thanksgiving Dinner.

Our local Modified Motorcycle Association of Northern Arizona Group, (MMA), recently put together an impromptu fund-raiser to help out the local food bank.

“MMA is more than just a bunch of people who ride motorcycles,” said Jim Blair, the local chapter leader. “The primary goal of MMA is to promote safe motorcycle riding as well as stay on top of the laws being created that have an impact on motorcycle riders. But they are also members of our community and have many other facets to their existence.”

The group’s first Birds On Bikes raised nearly $200 for the Circle Of Page.

The money came from a direct donation by MMA, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart and donation jars placed at Sunwest Auto and Marine, Blair’s Trading Post, Ranch House Grille, Stix Market and National Bank of Arizona.

“We would like to have done better, but for a spur-of-the-moment decision and no publicity, we did alright,” Blair said. “We will plan ahead and do much better next year.”

Connie Tkalcevic, of Circle of Page said, “Jim was going to bring us turkeys, but after some discussion, decided to give the cash so that our food bank director, Mark Lewis, could purchase whatever items we need the most. That gives us more ability to provide good rounded meals.”

Among other things, MMA sponsors a strip of highway that is cleaned regularly, hosts the Octoberfest Ride to the Lake, Toys For Tots, and sponsors charities such as the Road Rally. Members are often found volunteering for charity functions all over town and quite often you will find their food trailer set up at an event raising money.

If you would like more information about MMA or would like to get involved in their local activities, please contact Jim Blair, or anyone you see wearing an MMA vest.

For the complete article see the 11-28-2012 issue.

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