By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
For a motorcycle club that’s been around since 1946, Boozefighters made its name known in North Alabama with its continual support of the American Cancer Society and a recent donation of over $15,000 in April.
Richard Robinson, Charter Holder of the North Alabama Boozefighters group, said the organization became involved with the American Cancer Society after a fellow member was diagnosed, deemed a cancer survivor six years ago and started the fundraiser. The club conducted its annual “Breast Cancer Research Poker Run” in Huntsville, which started in Cullman on Saturday April 13th.
“We had several hundred bikes in Cullman to do the ride from there to Huntsville,” Robinson said. “We always do the event on the second Saturday in April and we were able to raise $15,200 to give to the American Cancer Society.”
The Boozefighters reported more than 400 motorcycles in attendance, some traveling from as far as Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Florida and North Carolina to support the cause.
“We have drawings, auctions and every bit of the money we raise goes directly to the American Cancer Society,” Robinson said. “We were able to present them with a check at the Relay For Life event in Huntsville after the last event.”
Robinson said the diversity of the club has contributed to it’s success.
“There’s a lot of history with our club and I’ve been a member since 1999,” Robinson said. “It’s a great group of guys and we’re just trying to help the community the best that we can. There is diversity within the club and we have some dignitaries who ride with us.”
As the chapter is mostly from Cullman, many prominent members are involved with the group’s fundraising events. Local lawyer Pam Nail said that the group of men have assisted the community in many ways.
“It’s a close-knit group that is really serious about collecting money and trying to find a cure for breast cancer,” Nail said. “People might be stand-offish of those who ride motorcycles, but these guys are fun-loving guys that are prominent people right here in town that go to work, have a family, and believe in doing the right thing. If I need help, they are there to help me, when the tornado came through there was a bunch of them that came together and helped in damage.”
President of the local chapter Brad Talley said this is one of the longest-running motorcycle clubs in existence and is thankful for the support they have received through donations and attendance in recent years.
“The brotherhood side of it, a lot of people understand,” Talley said. “We get support from other chapters even though they may live three or four states away, they will still come and we do the same for them when they have their big events. We would love to have more local businesses and corporations get involved with one of our events.”
For more information on the Boozefighters visit http://www.alcoc.com/ or e-mail Brad Talley at BTBoozeup@yahoo.com.
Lauren Estes can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.