Mission city councilor helps organize 250 motorcycle ride through city for Memorial Day weekend

Mission City Councilor Pat Quinn helps organize the annual KC Thunder Ride. Photo via Thunder Ride website.
Mission City Councilor Pat Quinn helps organize the annual KC Thunder Ride. Photo via Thunder Ride website.

By Dawn Bormann

UPDATED: On account of the anticipated weather on Sunday, the group has now rescheduled this ride for Sunday, May 31.

Mission residents may hear the roar of motorcycles thundering through the city Sunday morning.

Several hundred motorcycle bikers will participate in the annual KC Thunder Ride to honor and raise money for veterans.

The group had 250 motorcycles last year though the number might be smaller this year, said organizer and City Councilman Pat Quinn. That’s in part because of the rain, he said, which has limited the word-of-mouth advertising they conduct among motorcycle gatherings in the region. Most “bike nights” at local watering holes and restaurants have been rained out.

“We honor the tradition of Memorial Day on this ride by going to different memorials. This year we’re going to go to the All Veterans Memorial at Topeka and we’re going to lay a wreath there and have a short program there,” Quinn said. “But we also try to raise money for several different veterans’ causes.”

The group will donate proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, volunteer services program at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, the Honor Flight program and the St. Michael’s Veterans Center.

“This year we’re going to give at least half the money to the St. Michael’s Veterans Center,” Quinn said.

The center is a new apartment facility in Kansas City, Mo. The apartments are available to veterans who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless.
“It’s a great facility over there and a great project that they have going to help those guys out.”

The 67-mile trip begins at Hy-Vee, 6655 Martway in Mission.

The public is invited to come out and look at the bikes Sunday morning. Donations are welcome, Quinn said, but not required to see the motorcycles.

“It’s a very worthy cause for veterans,” Mayor Steve Schowengerdt said.
Riders will begin registering about 8 a.m. and depart the Hy-Vee lot by 9:30 a.m.

Even residents without a bike are welcome to join because there is a bus that will transfer riders to and from the memorial.

Motorcyclists and bus riders pay $35 to register. Bike passengers are $15. The fee includes a T-shirt, breakfast at Hy-Vee, lunch at the American Legion Post 225 in Ozawkie, Kan. and more. To learn more send email to CTRride@yahoo.com, call 913-207-3106 or go to the KC Thunder website.