The Natchitoches Chapter of the Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club (BKMC 17th) will hold its Second Annual Dream Run Motorcycle Rally Saturday, March 25 at the Natchitoches Parish Fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This family event is free and open to everyone, whether you ride a motorcycle or not. Among the activities offered will be the signature Dream Run – a 40 mile round-trip ride through the historic Front Street district of Natchitoches and along scenic roads by the river, ending up back at the Fairgrounds. There will also be silent and live auctions, raffles, a motorcycle show, vendors, great food and live music provided by Billy O’Con and the band Badd Apple.
The Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club was originally established in 2003. The organization has grown to over 36 chapters across the United States, and become international with chapters in Canada and Australia. The membership is comprised solely of firefighters – active and retired, paid and volunteer. It’s their goal to serve their communities not only through their service as firefighters, but also by volunteering and supporting local charities. The mission of BKMC Chapters as a whole is to support local and national charities, to promote safety and increase motorists’ awareness of motorcycles.
In 2014 BKMC 17 chose to use our signature annual fundraising event, the Dream Run Rally, to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children©, a healthcare system that has, since 1922, provided high levels of specialized care (burns, orthopedics, and spinal cord injuries) to injured children at absolutely no charge to the families. The Club’s decision to choose the Shriners Hospitals was an easy one to make. The Vice President of BKMC 17th had a firsthand experience with the Shriners healthcare system – his son was born with twisted feet and the Shriners Hospital in Shreveport was able to provide the orthopedic care necessary to correct the problem.
The name of the event says it all – it is our dream that no child will ever have to go without the specialized medical care needed because of the high costs typically associated with this care. The money raised through the Dream Run and other BKMC fundraising opportunities helps the Shriners Hospitals maintain their “no cost to the family” care. The Dream Run is counting on the demonstrated generosity of our community to come together and help make a difference in the lives of children with severe medical issues.