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Bikers Against Child Abuse Aiming to Raise Community Awareness

The BACA Victims Benefit tonight at Third and Walnut is the first in a series of fast approaching events geared towards helping those who need it most

Bikers Against Child Abuse Aiming to Raise Community Awareness

The Montgomery County chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse will hold their annual Victims Benefit tonight at Third and Walnut Bar and Grill, with all proceeds going to victims services in Norristown.

The benefit, which runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., will feature DJing by "Big Daddy" of the Mavericks Motorcycle Club, food, drinks, raffles, and much more, all for a $20 donation.

The benefit is one of many events coordinated by the Montco BACA members.

"We have the victims benefit, the community awareness day, and then we do a toy run in October, which supports Children and Youth in Norristown," said Rich Bennett, president of the Montgomery County chapter.

He added that in addition to their three main events, they also contribute to a host of others, such as helping families displaced by fires, and an annual event at Freddie Hill Farms where children get to spend the day golfing and having fun.

"That's a lot of fun.  Instead of handing over a check, we get to spend the day hanging out with the kids," said Bennett.

The group's main focus now is on Community Awareness Day, which is scheduled for April 9th at the Lansdale Boys and Girls club from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

The four hour event is free to anyone who wishes to attend, and boasts an abundance of fun activities for kids, and a wealth of information for parents.  There will also be free hot dogs and snow cones, and an Easter-egg hunt.

"It's about us giving back to the community, and letting them know who we are, and what we're about," said Rich.

For parents, the information may be most valuable.

"We'll have a rep fom children's health insurance from Aetna that will help explain how kids can get insurance for little to no cost," said Claire, a Montco BACA member.

"We'll also have one of the Montgomery County detectives, Jim McGowan, that will help finger print the children," Claire added.

Additionally, Youth  and Children services representatives will be on hand, as well as Laurel House and a host of other organizations aimed at helping the children in our community.

Last year, the group said they had a couple hundred people attend the event, and they hope to see an increase this year.

"Our organization is about helping the community, especially the children," said Crackers, another member.

"In an ideal world, an organization such as ours wouldn't have to exist," he added.

Unfortunately, the world isn't ideal, so the Montco BACA members plan to continue their efforts as long as there is a need.

For more information the Montgomery County Bikers Against Child Abuse, please visit http://www.bacamontco.com/.  There you will find an event calendar, statistics on child abuse, and ways to contribute.

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