Members of the Blue Knights, Texas XXI, based in Waxahachie, have always had a heart for the Gingerbread House Children’s Advocacy Center, whose goal is “to optimize the investigative and prosecution process; provide quality legal, psychological, social and medical services to abused children and to heighten community awareness.”
“Each chapter of the Blue Knights picks a favorite charity,” said club president Kenneth Reeves, who also serves as the chairman of the Rio Grande Conference. “Ours has always been the Gingerbread House.”
Bob Adams of Arlington was tasked with heading up this year’s annual fundraiser, benefiting the Gingerbread House. “We are going to present a check to them Tuesday, May 14, at their board meeting, in the amount of $5,000,” Adams said.
As part of an international law enforcement motorcycle club with some 21,000 members worldwide, Texas XXI has 57 members, all current or retired law enforcement officers.
“We do have a few honorary members,” Adams said. “If they have a clean record and have assisted law enforcement agencies.”
“We have been one of the largest chapters in the conference,” said Reeves, adding that the conference includes Texas, Arkansas, and old Mexico and has about 1,600 members in 49 chapters.
This year’s fundraiser, a Golf Scramble Tournament held at the Old Brickyard golf course in Ferris, was a great success.
“We do one event a year,” Adams explained. “We used to do an Iron Butt ride – riding 1000 miles in 24 hours, with sponsors and so on. But that will push you to the limits – safety is a major factor.”
“Some of us are getting too old to be doing that,” added Reeves. “We’ve also done Bun Burner rides, which is 1500 miles in 36 hours, and is actually easier to do, believe it or not, and two cruises. This makes our third year for the golf tournament.”
Working with the staff at the Old Brickyard was a positive experience, according to Adams, who said the group will certainly return to the course if future tournaments are planned.
“It’s a challenging golf course,” he said. “And they are really good people to work with – they bent over backwards to help us.”
Sixteen teams participated in the tournament, with an entry fee of only $65 covering the golf, the door prizes, lunch, trophies, and so on. Using a portable chuck wagon owned by Reeves, club members did their own cooking for the event.
“Our menu hasn’t changed – we cook burgers, beans and cobbler,” said Adams. “We always get complements on our beans. I don’t know what the secret ingredient is, but they seem to be the hit of the menu.”
Service members from the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Waxahachie participated this year by providing a Color Guard on the Ninth Hole, designated as the Military Recognition hole.
“They put the tournament on a new level,” Adams said. “And I want to send a special thanks to our sponsors. They really came through for us, and we could not have done this without them.”
Sponsors for this year’s event were Cancun Tex-Mex Restaurant; Citizens National Bank; Dr. H.R. Marsh Jr., DDS; Victron; Holt Custom Homes; Coldwell Banker Realty; Century Bookkeeping, Ellen Fricks; Carlisle Chevrolet; Compton’s Carpet Restoration; The Shop; Southern Frac; Silversoft Solutions, Larry Rosson; Medallion Electrical; BBG Personnel Services, Roxanne Wyckoff; VLP Contractors; Wayne Boze Memorial Funeral Home; Estes Electric; Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church; state Rep. Jim Pitts; Pearman Oil and Gas; Ellis County Bail Bonds; Vintage Bank; and Remax Realty, Norma Epstein.
“It’s amazing to know the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club has been having benefit fundraisers for us for 12 years now,” said John Wyckoff, executive director of The Gingerbread House. “We greatly appreciate their support all these years, and we consider them part of The Gingerbread House family. I can’t say enough about Ken Reeves, Bob Adams and the rest of the Blue Knights and how well they organize and coordinate their annual events.”
“We’re just glad we can help,” said Reeves. “Just glad we can help.”
Written by Diana Buckley/correspondent for the Waxahachie Daily Light. Used with permission.