Registration is now open for the 6th Annual SPC Chris Patterson Motorcycle Ride on August 13th, 2022.
Always guaranteed to be a fun event, this year we are starting at Fox River Harley Davidson, and finishing at Pollyanna Brewing in St. Charles after a 50 mile ride through the countryside. Following the ride we will be holding a 2 hour after-party with music from Tin Fiddle, food from Mission BBQ, and of course beer from Pollyanna. Come out for the ride (cars are welcome) or just the after party and join us as we raise funds for the Foundation, Immanuel Lutheran Arts Program, and Gold Star Siblings.
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6th Annual SPC Chris Patterson Motorcycle Ride
Join us for our Annual Motorcycle Ride on August 13th as we ride to raise awareness for the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation and support the ideals of Christopher – “For God, For Country, For Music”.
We are proud to be able to support two organizations through the Chris Patterson Memorial Motorcycle Ride again this year. Through the proceeds of this event, we donated $2,600 to Freedom Farms for Vets in Wadsworth, IL, and $2,600 to the Music Ministries at Immanuel Lutheran Church & School in Batavia, IL. Donations like this are only possible because of the generosity of our donors and we thank you for making our mission to honor Christopher’s legacy possible! For God, For Country, For Music
Mission BBQ in Downer’s Grove has created a Gold Star Wall. Earlier this month, Christopher’s picture was the first to be added.
If you aren’t familiar with the term Gold Star, it originated during World War I when families would hang a blue star in their window to show that they had a loved one serving in the armed forces. If their family member was wounded the blue star was replaced with a silver one and if they died in service it was replaced with a gold star. The family is referred to as a Gold Star family. You might also see the term used with relationship titles such as Gold Star Mother, Gold Star Father, or Gold Star Siblings. This tradition still continues today.
MISSION BBQ (Downer’s Grove, IL) is one of the sponsors of The SPC Chris Patterson Motorcycle Ride on Saturday, August, 14th, 2021. Other sponsors include Excel Automotive Repair (St. Charles, IL), Gun Barrel Coffee (Batavia, IL), and Fox River Harley-Davidson (St. Charles, IL).
The 3rd Annual Spc Christopher Patterson Memorial Motorcycle Ride is quickly approaching!
Christopher had talked about wanting to get a motorcycle when he returned home from his deployment. This event was started by the foundation at the suggestion of his father, Bob Patterson, who thought that a memorial motorcycle ride would be a great way to honor his son.
“Chris loved the performing arts! The reason we started the foundation was so that we could support those students who participate in drama, choir, and band. Currently, we give $1000 cash awards annually to an eligible senior at West Aurora High School, East Aurora High School, and Batavia High School. This year we hope to add 2 additional local high schools to this program and to expand this opportunity to the surrounding communities. We started this fundraiser, the Motorcycle Ride, as a way of connecting Chris’s love of the arts with his love for the military. Every year, 2 organizations are selected to be the recipients of the money raised through this event with a focus on organizations that support those causes. It will be a fun day for everyone and we hope to see you there,” stated Robert Patterson, Chair of the Chris Patterson Memorial Foundation.
“I believe that this is exactly what Christopher would be doing. He would have disliked the spotlight of an event honoring him, but he would be riding in other memorial rides as a way to honor the fallen,” stated Social Media Director for the foundation, Rachel Bailey. “It is through events like this ride that the foundation supports programs that are meaningful to who Christopher was and his legacy.”
A portion of the proceeds of this year’s motorcycle ride will be going to Freedom Farms for Veterans in Wadsworth and Immanuel Lutheran School music program in Batavia.
The day of the event, registration will begin at 8:00 am with kickstands up (KSU) at 10:30. The ride will be traveling SPC Patterson’s last ride. It will be an approximately 50 mile, fully police escorted ride. Traveling past the funeral home on RT 31 to Oak Street to Randall Road where it will pass through his home town, North Aurora, to Plum St in Aurora where it will pass West Aurora High School (WAHS) along Commonwealth. The WAHS Blackhawk Marching Band will be playing “Roll On” as the ride passes. The ride will return to Batavia where it will pass by Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hart Road, around 11:30 before heading to River Hills Cemetery to pay respects then returning to the Batavia VFW. Cars are welcome to join the ride!
There will be a post-ride party at the Batavia VFW starting about noon with music, raffles, Two Brothers beer pull and VeteransQ BBQ! The party is included in the cost of the ride, but tickets are available for those wishing to join the party but not the ride itself. The event will wrap up at 2:00 pm.
Tickets are available now:
Tickets are $30/Rider and $25/Passenger and include breakfast, t-shirt, and a commemorative patch in addition to the ride and post-ride party.
Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the ride.
Post Party only tickets are $15 and include a ride t-shirt.