Motorcyclists gather for a cause

Published: Monday, December 31, 2012 at 06:38 PM.

Crestview police Chief Tony Taylor, a long-time biker, agreed.

“Bikers are not what people envision them to be,” Taylor said. “We’re doctors, lawyers, cops and a lot of the people, especially out here, are veterans. We all love riding and we love giving back to the community.”

Ray Doyle, a retired Air Force veteran and American Legion Riders member, said he supports many local charitable causes.

“I enjoy coming to these events; we get to support veterans and (needy) kids,” Doyle said, adding that he spends much of his free time volunteering at area VA clinics. “It’s one of the nice things about being retired — you can find more time to ride.”

Bobby Pruette, an AmVets Post 35 member, brought his grandson, Lucas Reeves, 8, along for the ride. Like his grandfather, Lucas said he enjoys riding and giving to a worthy cause.

“I think it’s great to give because some kids don’t have any toys,” he said.

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