Bikers ride nearly 200 miles to benefit veterans

Bikers ride nearly 200 miles to benefit veterans

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Bikers from across our area took a ride on Wednesday to help give veterans a home.

For the Crudes 9th Annual Veteran Ride, bikers met up at the Golden Egg in Surfside Beach and then rode about 180 miles to Red’s Icehouse in Mount Pleasant. The ride ended at Causeway Grill in Garden City Beach.

The group sold t-shirts and held raffles and auctions with all the money going toward Homes for Our Troops, which looks to build and donate adapted custom homes to severely injured post 9/11 veterans.

“The great thing is these houses are mortgage free homes, so they don’t even have to pay the mortgage on it,” said Kevin Gumina with Crudes Annual Veteran Ride. “But people like me raise money and big organizations donate their time and supplies to build these houses, every little bit helps. And that’s what we’re trying to do here today. Raise money and hopefully get some more veterans into these houses so they can live a better life and move on with their lives with their families.”

The ride started in 2011 and there were just 15 bikes. The event has grown every year and in 2018 there were over 100 bikers involved in the ride.

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