Motorcycle run, party to remember lost friends and family
For the Fallen founders Vince Brunetto, Corey Walters and Jeff Klucik have raised money for local causes since 2005. (Submitted photo)
The event was started in 2005 after Josh Moore and Joe Lehman died in vehicle accidents.
Joseph Lehman of Windber died in a two-vehicle accident in August in Paint Township and Joshua Moore of Richland Township was killed in April in a motorcycle crash in Bedford County.
They were both in their 20s. A close circle of friends led by Jeff and Stephanie Klucik, Vince Brunetto and Corey Walters, founded the ride in their honor.
For the Fallen has since grown to remember a list of more than 400 names suggested by the event’s attendees, Stephanie Klucik said.
Eighty names were added this year.
“It’s a really nice day,” Stephanie Klucik said. “It gives us a way to remember them and hopefully they are proud us.”
The names are submitted via social networking websites and Windber events throughout the year and then printed on shirts sold to benefit a variety of local causes, along with proceeds from the For the Fallen motorcycle run and post-run party.
“I think people really appreciate the shirts,” she said.
Proceeds — which last year topped $10,000 — are donated to a variety of organizations including the Windber fire department, youth sports organizations and scholarships. They also help families in need, Klucik said.
Money goes to the Josh Moore Fulfilling Your Dreams Fund, which provides money for kids doing community service projects.
Klucik said last year’s event attracted more than 400 participants for the motorcycle run, with an estimated 1,200 people attending the party.
This year’s run will depart the Windber Hotel, 502 15th St., Windber, at noon Aug. 6. Registration begins at 9 a.m. Participants can also register at the Windber Hotel from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5.
The ride is open to any type of vehicle, Klucik said.
“You don’t have to have a motorcycle. You can take your car,” she said. “In fact, the run will be led this year by the Big Rubbers 4x4 Club which will then go on an off-road ride.”
The 100-mile run will stop at bars in Mann’s Choice, Davidsville and Central City before returning to Windber, where a party will begin at the Windber Community Building parking lot along Graham Avenue at 3:30 p.m.
There is a fee to attend.
Admission includes drinks and food, with hot dogs, kielbasa, rigatoni, garlic potatoes and wings.
Seven local bands will perform throughout the day, beginning with country and bluegrass band Paint Creek Pickers.
Other performers will include alternative and modern rock bands Chalet, South of Silence, Day Well Spent, Driveline, Pound and Pivot.
For more information, visit the For the Fallen Facebook page or e-mail email@example.com.