The Phenix City Wingmen Motorcycle Club’s 16th Annual Toy Run will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7. This year’s ride will differ from those in the past with the Wingmen pairing up this year with the Heaven’s Saints Motorcycle Ministry (HSMM) to host the event, which will benefit the Russell County Child Advocacy Center and the Lazarus Society.
The Phenix City Wingmen Chapter is the oldest motorcycle club in Phenix City, established in 2004. The Phenix City Chapter is one of many throughout the United States and holds a close collaboration with the citizens of Phenix City, hosting their annual Toy Run along with other charitable causes throughout the year.
The Wingmen, while steeped in military tradition and members, are not military only and encompass citizens throughout the United States and, more importantly, right here in Phenix City. Their Facebook page is WingmenMC.PhenixCity.
HSMM members are mostly located in the United States and Canada, but they can be found worldwide. If there are five HSMM members in the same area, an HSMM chapter can be formed. HSMM chapters often work in collaboration with other HSMM chapters, as well as other bike riding clubs, in the interest of charity and community outreach. Their Facebook page is HSMMofficial.
The Russell County Child Advocacy Center, located in Phenix City, focuses on children who have dealt with violence done to them by others. Their work is done to help further investigations into child violence. “The mission of the Russell County Child Advocacy Center is to promote multi-agency cooperation for the benefit of the child-victim and non-offending family.”
The Lazarus society is a 501c3 non-profit organization. It was started in Phenix City in September of 1997. The Lazarus Society’s mission statement is “to provide avenues of assistance for individuals in need; to lead, guide and empower through understanding, encouragement, and Christian love.”
Registration for the ride will begin at 10 a.m. ET on Nov. 7 at Garrett-Harrison Stadium at 3800 Summerville Road. Prior to the ride, coffee and donuts will be offered, along with a 50/50 raffle and a raffle prize drawing with several different prizes.
The registration fee for the ride is $10 or an unwrapped toy of equal value with all proceeds going to the RCCAC and Lazarus Society. Any motorcycle or vehicle is welcome to attend the ride. At 11:30, a safety brief will be given and the HSMM will provide the ride prayer.
The ride will go through Phenix City and will end at the Wingmen’s clubhouse. After the ride, a traditional Thanksgiving dinner will be served for all participants and a DJ will present to provide entertainment for the guests. All are welcome and we look forward to the support of the community for these two great charity organizations.