More than 200 guests, including 65 motorcycle riders, took part in the DAV Department of North Carolina’s first Coming Home Run, which featured a motorcycle ride, free meals, music and prizes all aimed at putting funds back into programs for North Carolina’s veterans.
Department Commander Cleveland Bryant said the key to the event’s success was the relationship his Department has with the community.
“When we were putting this together, I talked to a local barbecue restaurant, BBQ Brothers, and told the owner what we were doing. He said, ‘You know what, Commander? I’ll give the first 100 [motorcycle] riders a free meal.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
He also credited DAV’s longstanding partnership with Harley-Davidson and the Department’s relationship with the local Ray Price Harley-Davidson dealership in Raleigh.
“They let us use their facility, parking lot, provided a band and gave us space for a Mobile Service Office van so we could help veterans and tell people about DAV,” said Commander Bryant.
Local government officials became involved and small businesses donated prizes for the event.
“Events like this show how relationships with community stakeholders and business owners can make all the difference in fundraising,” said National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “People like to know they can stand up for their veteran neighbors, just as they stood up for their community when America called. Commander Bryant and the Department of North Carolina did a fantastic job.”