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Hogging for Heroes enters Washington Saturday

By Xiomara Levsen | Jul 18, 2014
Last year’s Hoggin’ For Heroes Hoopla opened with a blessing of the bikes by members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association. The tour of southeastern Iowa is a fundraiser to benefit Midwest Military Outreach, which aids service members, veterans and their families. This year’s event begins in Anamosa and will end in Washington.

Hogging for Heroes will have its last stop in Washington Saturday afternoon.
This is a fundraiser for veterans’ programs through Midwest Military Outreach (MMO) organization, said John Mikelson, government laison for MMO.
“This is our second year,” Mikelson said. “Last year we began out at the casino with the blessing of the bikes and ended up in Swisher. It was a lot of fun.”
The motorcycle ride will begin at J&P’s Cycle in Anamosa with the blessing of the bikes at 8:45 a.m. led by the Pearl City Christian Motorcyclists from Muscatine, Mikelson said.
“We don’t know how many people to expect,” Mikelson said. “We hope a lot of people come out, but a lot of that depends on Mother Nature.”
The last stop on the motorcycle ride will be at Lebowski’s Rock-n-Bowl, Mikelson said.
“This will be a family-friendly event,” he said. “We’ll have live music, a silent auction, and a pork burger dinner from the Washington County Pork Producers.”
The anticipated arrival of the motorcyclists in Washington will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Mikelson said. The pork burgers will probably be ready by 4:45 p.m.
Parking for motorcyclists will be available across the street.
“The [First] Assembly of God Church across the street has loaned the parking lot to us so people can park there and see their motorcycles from across the street,” Mikelson said.
Michelle Reuss, executive director of MMO, came up with the idea to have a motorcycle ride as a fundraiser while she was talking with one of her friends. Mikelson thought it was a great idea.
“Bikers in the past have done a lot more for military charities than our government,” Mikelson said.
The Washington Legion Riders from American Legion Post 29 and the Combat Veteran Riders of Cedar Rapids are just two veteran military groups who are participating in Saturday’s Hogging For Heroes.
Mikelson hopes this becomes an annual event for MMO.
“This has been a fun one for us,” he said.

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