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Eagle Riders schedule in-person bike blessing, run


The Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) Eagle Riders motorcycle club expected fewer than 50 motorcycles for its last in-person bike blessing in 2018, but wound up with more than 150 motorcycles, motor vehicles and bicycles being blessed on the Mesilla Plaza by The Very Rev. Christopher Williams of the Basilica of San Albino Roman Catholic Church.

The Eagle Riders are hoping for an even bigger turnout for this year’s event, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, on the historic Mesilla Plaza, said FOE 4038 of Las Cruces Vice President Benito Garcia, who is sergeant at arms for the Eagle Riders.

“It’s a family event,” Garcia said.

He said the 20th anniversary of 9/11 was purposefully chosen for the bike blessing and bike run, and the Eagle Riders plan to “make it memorable for everyone.”

The bike run will be a major FOE fundraiser, he said, with funds raised benefiting San Albino, local nonprofits and families and individuals in need.

FOE’s national motto is “People helping people,” Garcia said, and it’s the same for FOE Aerie 4038 of Las Cruces.

“There are so many things we’ve done for our community,” Garcia said. “We help whenever we can.”

That support has included donations to local nonprofits and helping individuals and families with medical bills, funeral expenses and other financial needs, he said.

“That’s our main function,” Garcia said. “How do we help?”

He said final details about the blessing and the run are being worked out by club members and will be announced soon.

Contact Garcia at bg_storm91@yahoo.com. Visit www.facebook.com/EagleRiders4038.

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