MillerCoors brews biking benefit for disabled veterans
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 00:09
The ninth annual Benefit Bike Run held by United Autoworkers (UAW) MillerCoors in Butler County took place Sept. 7 in Trenton, according to Jeff Poteet, distribution technician and event coordinator at UAW MillerCoors. Over $6,000 in proceeds will go to the national organization, “Homes for our Troops.”
“We started this fundraiser after we went to Iraq and Afghanistan,” Poteet said. “A lot of veterans work for MillerCoors and we asked ourselves, ‘What could we do to give thanks for these people who are losing limbs fighting for our country?’”
Poteet said the event is held annually the Saturday after Labor Day. The riders meet in the parking lot at the MillerCoors brewery 10 a.m. for registration and to enjoy T-shirt sales, raffles and DJ entertainment until the kickoff at noon.
Denise Quinn, plant manager and corporate vice president at UAW MillerCoors, explained the money collected from T-shirt sales, raffle tickets and entry fees is donated to Homes for our Troops, an organization that builds specially adapted homes for disabled veterans at no cost. These homes assist veterans with serious disabilities, providing them with a home that caters maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.
“Each year we donate to a different organization,” Quinn said. “In the past we’ve contributed to the Auto Flight Network and the Fisher House Foundation. We always choose an organizations that supports either active military members or veterans.”
“This year we have well over 200 bikes,” Quinn said. “We kick off at the brewery and ride to the Trenton Moose Lodge, where there will be food and beverages and 50/50 raffles for our participants.”
Quinn described the relationship between the UAW and MillerCoors.
“United Autoworkers local 2308 represents [MillerCoors’] autoworkers,” Quinn said. “We have a veterans group at MillerCoors who work with the UAW veteran committee to put together this event each year.”
Miami University sophomore Max Zid attended the bike run.
“The bike run was awesome,” Zid said. “I met so many new and interesting people who shared a variety of stories about friends and family who have served in the military and their motorcycle journeys. This event is a great way to bring together a group of people who are passionate about this cause.”