— Motorcycle-loving members of one fresh Ripley County group and an established Franklin County one are helping the less fortunate in this area.
Infamous Few Ripley County was started “because helping with charities was something all of us were interested in individually and we decided that we could do more as a group,” says President Derek Denny.
Instead of formal meetings, “we mostly do this by word of mouth. Someone overhears something, we check it out, and then we vote on it. If the vote passes, we get to work .... there is never a shortage of ideas. Unfortunately, there is also never a shortage of need.”
The club’s first Liberty Ride Car and Bike Show July 28, beginning and ending at Liberty Park, “was really nice,” the Batesville man recalls. “It gave us a chance to make some new friends and re-acquaint with some old ones ... We were able to raise a fair amount of money for a couple different families with sick children.” Leftover hot dogs and pulled pork were given to single parents who could use the help.
Kids aren’t the only focus. A May cruise-in drew six old cars and close to 30 bikes to Brookville Healthcare. One resident (Fred Verbrugee, who died shortly after) was named an Infamous Few honorary member. “He told one of our members that his perfect day would be to hang out with a bunch of bikers, drink a cold Coors light and eat a coney dog. He didn’t get his coney, but told us we made much more than his day,” according to the president.
Now members are using two methods to gain children's winter coats. A Nov. 11 Koats for Kids Poker Run is open to the public. Registration starts at noon at Batesville Wing Co. and the ride at 1 p.m. Participants will travel 60 miles and make three or four stops with a 50-50 raffle at each. The person with the best poker hand at the end of the event gets $100. Attendees will celebrate at Lil’ Charlie’s with a $6 barbecue buffet. The fee is $15 for a single rider or $20 for a couple. All proceeds will be used to purchase coats.