Twin Peaks Night Ride for Charity
· Special needs kids of St Mark's Center have benefitted
· 2nd Harvest Food Bank was assisted
· The Shiners Hospital for Children has been supported
· The Boys and Girls Clubs of Gastonia received funds
Since 1999, a unique charitable ride has been rolling through the night in support of those in need around the Greater Charlotte Area. An after-dark adult club poker run, the Twin Peaks Night Ride for Charity has drawn as many as 500 bikes in its early days - and that's bikes each paying to participate AND to support the charitable efforts. Sadly, there've been years, according to John Laney, one of the rides originators, when getting a non-profit to accept the donations has been difficult. "We used to give a lot to one of the charities," shared Laney, "but it got to where they wouldn't take our donations anymore because of the kind of businesses involved."
Sure, the ride goes to adult clubs - topless, or strip clubs, whatever you want to call them - clubs that have always been and will probably always be controversial neighbors in any town. But the effort behind the ride is not only to promote the businesses involved and to give bikers a different ride option and a good time, but to raise genuinely caring monies for those in need. Too bad things aren't always taken as they are meant….
Here's what to look for in this year's night poker run …
There are two starting points - Hollywood's Cycles in McAdenville and Easy Eddie's in Huntersville. Start time is 5-7pm
The ride will wander around to The Gentlemen's Club, The Gold Club, Leather and Lace in Southend, Crazy Horse on Independence, and ends at Twin Peaks in the University area with last bike in at 9:30pm.
A big after party is planned with The Jeff Gates Band playing, free hotdogs and hamburgers, and an Arm Wrestling Contest by weight class! Of course, and it goes without saying, hot women inside and outside of the clubs for your gazing pleasure and plenty of bike party will be available so you can plan to hang around as long as the fun holds out.
Ride - support the community you live and play in.
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