Friends of David Allen: Celebration of Life and Benefit for his family.
Close to 100 riders today braved the below 60 degree temps riding out of the Gorton’s parking lot through Gloucester and Rockport in honor of David Allen, who allegedly was run off Route 128 in Peabody last month, to help raise money for his family, whose been without a paycheck since the accident.
More friends joined us at Bill’s for food and pizza, and some great tunes by “the Bluez Doctorz Review” band ( http://www.thebluezdoctorz.com/ ), with MMA stand outs Alan Kline & Betsy Lister performing.
Johnny Tarantino and Chris Cerino lead the Ride – with the Ride Route changed to a 20-mile route through Rockport (rather than a 6-mile back shore ride). The Cape Ann crew handled the registration flawlessly, then helped with road guarding along with the North Shore Riders, an AMA Chartered Club.
Andrea (Andy) Silva did a great job in an hour on the 50/50 raffle sales. About $420 was raised in less than an hour for the 50/50 and $220 was paid to the winner.
Ben I. of Salisbury won the Cycles 128 Rider Course Gift Certificate, with his advance event ticket purchase.
Good event. No incidents, no accidents. Good ride. Lots of good will.
Jason, Johnny, Jack, and Linda of the North Shore Women on Wheels, did a great job coordinating the local details. Thank you all.
Donations to the Allen family can still be made on-line at www.MassMSF.org.
Some of us will be meeting at Ann’s house one night later this week, and likely next weekend. A dumpster, coordinated by Teddy LeMieux of Ipswich and his son, is being delivered to her house Monday, for two weeks to clean out ‘stuff.’ She’s going to need some ‘bodies’ during the week and next weekend for help with tossing stuff. If you’ve got a few hours and are in the Gloucester area and can help, e-mail us.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
A short motorcycle memorial ride and “celebration of life” fundraising party will be held Sunday, October 28, in Gloucester to honor fallen Vietnam Veteran hero, David Allen, and help with family finances. Dave left behind a wife of over 30 years, Anne Marie (Gilardi) Allen, and three adult children.
Allen was riding his 1989 “Candy Apple Red” Honda Goldwing, with his dog “Ijah” on the back, on Route 128 North in Peabody on Saturday, September 9th, when for unknown reasons, it went off the road, crashing into the guardrail, killing David and his dog. White paint was found on the lower left hard saddlebag and rear fender. State Police accident investigators are analyzing the white paint to determine whether another vehicle forced Allen off the road.
David, 59 years old, was a decorated Vietnam Veteran hero, with two Purple Hearts, an Army Commendation Medal, and Air Medal. He was an in-field senior medic and disabled from war related injuries. Living only on his disability pension, his family needs help with finances now.
Staging will begin at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, October 28, at the Gorton’s Parking Lot, behind Bill’s on 313 Main Street, Gloucester. Bill’s will be open for coffee and rest rooms. The short memorial ride will leave at noon sharp for a memorial ride around Gloucester’s back shore, returning back to Gorton’s Parking Lot. This is a ‘rain or shine’ event.
Bill’s will host the celebration of life party, from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, with Alan Kline’s “the Bluez Doctorz Review” band providing live music.
Suggested donation is $20 per motorcycle. Kids free. Non-riders and veterans welcomed. Nonriders are asked to bring a food dish. Person’s registering or donating in advance on-line will be entered into a drawing for a Cycles 128! Riding School Gift Certificate.