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Monadnock Bike Nite gives back

  • Kathy Boss, Executive Director of the Peterborough Food Pantry, with Barry Echavarria, President of Monadnock Bike Nite, in the food pantry Thursday. Staff photo by Meghan Pierce—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 08, 2018 4:15PM

Monadnock Bike Nite donated $1,930 to the Peterborough Food Pantry Wednesday, for a total of $2,400 in donations to the food pantry, ending the bike night’s first season on a high note.

“This is what it’s all about,” said Barry Echavarria, president of Monadnock Bike Nite. “I’m passionate about motorcycles and I love to ride a Harley. My wife Patty is our CFO. … And we’re all about giving back. And that’s what bikers do. They have big hearts and sometimes big wallets.”

Echavarria said he was inspired to start the bike night in Peterborough because of a bike night he had attended once in Rindge.

“I used to ride over there with friends and then it went defunct,” he said Thursday at the Peterborough Food Pantry.

After three months of promoting Monadnock Bike Nite online, he launched it at Bowling Acres Grill in Peterborough in April.

“It’s a community event to bring together people who have a passion for riding motorcycles,” he said.

He also wanted to choose a nonprofit to raise money for over the season. All he had to do was look across the street from Bowling Acres Grill to the Peterborough Food Pantry, located in the Peterborough Community Center, he said.

Some of the money raised Wednesday night had been raised over the season from ongoing raffles for large prizes that ended Wednesday, but many bikers came on Wednesday and made large donations.

The group donated $500 earlier this summer to the food pantry for a total of $2,400.

Kathy Boss, executive director of the Peterborough Food Pantry, said the donation allows the food pantry to stock items that wouldn’t normally be donated in a food drive.

“We serve 13 different towns in this area and about 300 families and we get a lot of our food from the New Hampshire Food Bank Food Bank and U.S.D.A. and from donations, but we also go out and buy food for people to make sure that we have everything that people need,” she said. “So we can restock the soup when the soup goes down. When there isn’t enough donated soup. We can make sure there are plenty of baked beans. People like baked beans. We also do get people who like jam and jelly and peanut butter. The kind of things you might not get at a food drive because they are expensive. But people appreciate them so much.

Echavarria said Monadnock Bike Nite was made possible by numerous sponsors and Tony and Shannon Reagan, owners of Bowling Acres Grill.

“They were tremendous hosts,” Echavarria said said of the Reagans.