THE IMPACT ON LIVES:
AAIM would like to thank the McHenry County Road Pirates, the ride's founder, Randy Lounds, and Woodstock Harley Davidson for your compassion, love, and support. We appreciate the last 13 years of working with all of you! Each year the event was Dedicated in memory of motorcyclists who were killed or injured by an impaird driver, and to honor all crash victims in Illinois.
The run was sponsored by the AAIM and co-sponsored by WHD, assisted by the Pirates.
'Bikers Take AAIM Against Impaired Driving' pledge run contributions go to the victim assistance fund. Assistance includes helping with bills and other monetary related needs; as well as, perhaps more importantly, funding advocates to assist with the often lengthy and scary court process, providing counseling, accompanying to court dates, generally supporting the families; and advocating with prosecutors and others in the court system for stronger and better laws and punishments.
The Pirates got involved assisting with the AAIM run thru Randy Lounds - a Pirate member and AAIM Board member, whose son was permanently disabled after being hit by a drunk driver. In the crash, another was also severely injured and yet another died. A portion of the net proceeds from the run also help fund a scholarship in the name of the young man who died in that crash.
The ride itself was police escorted, 80+/- miles in the countryside. Starts and ends at WHD, with the usual party after the ride with food, music, raffles, auctions - obviously, no beer sales at this one.
Pirate volunteers assisted with registration; parking; route development; coordinating the assignment of police officers and road guards to control intersections along the route; setting up and running the raffles; and other needs as required.
Bikers Take AAIM was always one of the most fun and exciting events of the year for AAIM. It was a good RIDE!
Bikers Take AAIM