Vets Helping Vets Benefit Ride

Photo courtesy of Jim Bassett
Photo courtesy of Jim Bassett
Photo courtesy of Jim Bassett

Vets Helping Vets Benefit Ride, hosted by Detachment A – Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, will take place on June 4, 2016. Taking place at the Main Street Park in Cedar City, Utah, the event begins at noon. A $35 per rider and $15 per passenger registration fee will be collected.

Photo courtesy Ron Broad.
Photo courtesy Ron Broad.

Detachment A of 49-1 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association is hosting their first annual Vets Helping Vets Benefit Ride. All proceeds from the ride go to putting up a Vietnam Memorial Wall at Zion Harley Davidson in Washington, Utah and Southern Utah Veterans Aid.

Southern Utah Veterans Aid is an organization that helps vets on many fronts. The main purpose of the funds from this event are to go towards helping homeless vets get off the street and get the help they need.  Founder, Pat Lisi said he noticed the increase in homeless vets in the area and saw something needed to be done.

In January 2014, Lisi was called regarding a 40-year-old female vet living in her car in the St. George area with two small children. At the time of the call, the average temperature in the St. George was 9 degrees above zero. He worked with a local hotel to get her and her children a discounted room and took care of the payment for two weeks. Working with other vet organizations he was able to get her a job in the Las Vegas area which has resulted in her and her children being off the streets and improving their situation. Lisi and Southern Utah Veteran Aid has done very little fundraising with most expenses coming out of his own pocket.

Photo courtesy Jim Bassett.
Photo courtesy Jim Bassett.

Although it seems, there is no end in immediate sight to eliminating homelessness veteran epidemic, The 49-1 is committed to helping Southern Utah Vets Aid get veterans off the street and into temporary housing.

The event has a concert planned following the ride. They have enlisted a lineup of talented local musicians to perform at Mike’s Tavern in Cedar City.

Photo courtesy Ron Broad.
Photo courtesy Ron Broad.

Josh Larsen, best known for his lead role with Less than Lucid, a staple in the southern Utah music scene for many years will open the show. Recording artist, Raven Cain will be playing the second set. He will be performing songs off of his “Son of the South” album and will be joined by guests for a few special numbers. Next up, Chris Petersen Band will play a variety of old-school country classics along with their incredible originals. Bila Gaana, one of the longest running bands in southern Utah with several CD’s under their belt will take the stage next. Bila Gaana will be pumping out their all original up-tempo rock that is part Americana and part Black Sabbath. The final band of the night will be newcomer, Zion Curtain. Zion Curtain is made up of five players who have been playing the southern Utah music scene for over twenty years. They play a mix of everything from Van Halen to modern bands like Volbeat with a little 80’s dance-style music thrown in for good measure.

The participation fee includes an event shirt (first 100 people), lunch at Zion Harley Davidson, and a ticket into the concert.

The schedule is as follows:
12-1 pm Sign ups at the Main Street Park in Cedar City
1 pm       Motorcycles leave Cedar City
2-4 pm  Sign ups and lunch at Zion Harley Davidson
5 pm      Group arrives at Mike’s Tavern in Cedar City (food trucks on location)
7 pm      Concert begins (Josh Larsen, Raven Cain, Christ Petersen Band, Bila Gaana, Zion Curtain)

Donations are welcome. For more information on the Vets Helping Vets Benefit Ride visit the event Facebook page.

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George Scott is a bit of a maverick trying to navigate this journey called life. He grew up in southern Utah and has a deep rooted passion for the community. LIVE Music touches his very soul and loves helping others pursue their dreams. He identifies himself as an "Elevated Experience Creator" and has become extremely influential in the Southern Utah LIVE Music and Entertainment scene. He not only writes and shares about the SoTah Music Scene he presents multiple opportunities for LIVE Music all across the Southern Utah region.

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