The brotherhood of being a biker has turned into a contributing effort to those in need.
The Black Creek Riders RC, based out of Granville at president Tom Neeson’s Truck, Auto and Classic Cars dealership on State Route 22, are a motorcycle club who, since 2013, have looked to defeat the stereotype of bikers and raise funds for projects and individuals close to their hearts while continuing to have a good time.
“We do a lot for people with cancer, the Adirondack Vets House, we’re probably one of their biggest supporters, and most people don’t know that about bikers,” Neeson said. “Every weekend, there’s something going on to help somebody out.”
In recent years, the Black Creek Riders raised $9,000 in one day for a cancer patient.
Neeson and his club have raised more than $15,000 and close to $20,000 in four years for the Adirondack Vets House in Glens Falls through fundraisers, bike rides and have given plentiful amounts of food to the five-to-six veterans housed at 26 Pine Street.
“The biker world is a very close-knit family,” Neeson said. “I want people to realize what bikers really do.”
Coming up next for the Black Creek Riders is an end-of-summer ride followed by a barbecue in the backyard of the dealership on Sept. 11.
The ride starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Boar’s Nest at 1263 Patten Mills Road in Fort Ann, with registration starting at 11 a.m. Neeson said there will be a charge of $20 for bikers and $10 for riders or people driving cars behind the pack.
After leaving the Boar’s Nest, Neeson’s crew will drive to Lake St. Catherine and make one stop at the VFW in Fair Haven, ultimately looping back to Granville for the party. All are welcome and the club reserves the right to refuse anyone.
On Sept. 15, Neeson hopes to continue to do good for those in need, by accepting clothes for children and veterans until the end of October.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for the people that did it (served),” Neeson said.
While there’s still more than 10 fundraising events and rides to participate in around the capital region for 2021, the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education motorcycle calendar meeting for 2022 will be on Feb. 5.