Lead’s original biker breakfast going strong for nearly 20 years
LEAD — For nearly 20 years the congregation of Trinity United Methodist Church has been feeding Rally-goers the most important meal of the day by hosting a biker breakfast at the Christian Ministry Center in Lead.
Sue Holloway has been in charge of the fundraising event for the past two years.
“Last year we (served) just under 1,000 (meals) for the whole week,” Holloway said. “When we first started we were the only (biker breakfast in Lead) and they were doing up to 2,000.”
Holloway said that the annual breakfast is staffed by volunteers from the congregation, but is also a great way for youngsters in the area to rack up volunteer hours as well.
“This provides a service opportunity for the Boys and Girls Club, for Teen Court, and this year we have Teen Challenge out of Winnipeg,” she said.
Lawrence County Teen Court is a voluntary program, which seeks to not only hold juvenile offenders accountable for their actions, but also educate them by giving them the hands-on opportunity to be a part of the judicial process. All functions of the Teen Court, except that of the judge, are carried out by teenagers involved in the program including the prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, court clerk, court bailiff and all jurors. If found guilty, the teen on trial could be sentenced to serving as a teen juror, restitution, participation in the Life Skills classes offered by the Teen Court program, or community service like volunteering for community charities such as the biker breakfast.
Teen Challenge of Central Canada helps cultivate healthy outlets for teens and young adults struggling with addictions. Chuck Sheridan, founder of the Bondslave Motorcycle Club has been attending the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally for more than 30 years. Sheridan works with the Teen Challenge program and saw an opportunity for international community outreach.
The breakfasts they serve consists of eggs, sausage, and all you can eat pancakes. Holloway said that last year, the fundraiser grossed $4,000 for the church’s mission fund, and tips from the breakfast raised $1,500 that was used to stock the Lord’s Cupboard, the church’s charity food pantry.
“People are coming back five, 10 years,” Holloway said. “Saying we’re the best in the hills.
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