The Brick House Tavern and Tap in Willow Grove, kicked off motorcycle season with its first Bike Night event on March 21.
The event attracts around 150 motorcycle riders from around the Greater Philadelphia area, and is open to the general community to admire their vehicles.
“I want Brick House to be noticeably different, beyond great food and great service,” Jim Kuhn, COO of Brick House Tavern and Tap, said.
Kuhn said that the Bike Night is a way for Brick House Tavern to be a unique part of the community, as there are few other recurring motorcycle exhibitions available to the public in the area.
According to the Willow Grove Brick House Tavern and Tap website, the March 21 event was the first in a monthly series of Bike Nights to last until mid-summer.
Kuhn also emphasized the charitable aspect of the Bike Night event. For each of the three years that the Willow Grove Brick House Tavern has hosted its Bike Nights, the bar and restaurant also chose a local, charitable nonpofit organization to support. Funds are raised, in part, by holding a 50/50 throughout the three-hour event.
“You want to make sure you give back,” Kuhn said.
This year, Brick House Tavern chose Justice Rescue, a volunteer pet rescue organization, based in Havertown.
One of its co-founders, ‘Crash,’ an Upper Moreland resident, is responsible for helping Brick House decide on choosing Justice Rescue for its Bike Night charity. Crash, who is a regular patron of the bar and restaurant, said that Brick House staff had fallen in love with the work of Justice Rescue volunteers.
“The Brick House is a second home to me,” Crash said. “They’ve just been absolutely awesome, and it’s been a really great partnership.”
The March 21 Bike Night 50/50 raffle raised nearly $600 for Justice Rescue, of which they recieved half. In addition, Justice Rescue sold related merchandise at the event, and will have the opportunity to do so again with future Bike Nights this year.
According to Crash, the Justice Rescue offers the public a way to halt neighborhood animal abuse through the Justice Rescue’s online reporting program CARS (Cruelty Abuse Reporting System), which is found on the Justice Rescue website ( www.justice-rescue.com).
“That’s where 90-percent of our reports come in, through the CARS system,” Crash said. “It’s where people can report about their neighbor beating their dog or that their neighbor’s dog is living in filth.”
Although Justice Rescue has only been organized since September of last year, Crash said that the website will get an average of two reports every day. Once reports are submitted, Crash said that specialized Justice Rescue volunteers go out to investigate the report.
Justice Rescue refers to such volunteers as “Dog Soldiers.”
“I wanted to make a difference,” ‘House’, a Justice Rescue Dog Soldier, said. “Everybody is capable of rational thinking, you just got to show them the way.”
According to House, who may have received his nickname through his imposing 6-foot-3-inches, 290-pound stature; once a Justice Rescue Dog Soldier and other volunteers confirm the abuse report, they then attempt to negotiate a rescue from the owner.
“In the most gentle way possible,” House said.
Accroding to Crash, fundraising events, such as the Brick House Tavern Bike Night are crucial to the Justice Rescue operations, as the new pet rescue group holds no overhead and pays for expenses out of pocket.
Most expenses are incurred during travels to animal abuse reports, to which most Justice Rescue volunteers ride their motorcycles.
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