Legacy Riders Make Stop At Veterans Classic Car Show
By Joe Steck – Mankato Times
MANKATO, MINN. — The Minnesota Veterans Classic Car and Bike Show was a huge success this past weekend raising funds to support various Veterans organizations in the Mankato Area.
The event was held at Sibley Park and the parking lot was lined with vendors and of course, classic cars and motorcycles.
“This is our way of giving thanks and supporting our local veterans. This event would not be possible without the great support from local businesses and the community.” Said Justin Mathes, owner of JRM Promotions and one of the event organizers “This is our fifth year and all of the money stays here for our local veterans.”
People were having a great time enjoying the beautiful vehicles, music, food and a bean bag tournament through Mankato Area Cornhole. It was great seeing people walking around sharing stories about their vehicles and their military service.
An added bonus to this year’s show was a stop by the American Legion Legacy Riders who added the Mankato stop as part of their Legacy Run which raises funds for the American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.
The Scholarship Fund helps to put kids through college who lost a parent in the Military since September 11, 2001. The goal is to raise $20 million, which will take care of all children who have lost a parent.
Currently, there are roughly 11,000 children that are eligible. The funds raised will ensure that higher education will be a reality for these families.
“Last year we had 55 eligible recipients in Minnesota and each one received a $20,000 grant from the Legacy Scholarship Fund,” said Jill Davis, one of the Legacy Riders “We have already raised $56,917 so far during the first weekend.”
The Legacy Run is a motor cycle ride which covers all 10 American Legion districts in Minnesota. The event is spread out over 2 weekends, splitting the state in half. The riders, who pay their own expenses during the ride, traveled 625 miles from their start in Walker.
A hat was passed around during the car show and $260 was added to the riders’ weekend fundraising ride.
Thank you to everyone who showed up at the event, and thank you to the Legion Riders for making the Veterans Classic Car Show a stop on your worthy ride.