Over 70 people braved the snowstorms, attending the MMSF Holiday Party Saturday at the Village Green, as the MMSF “re-gifted” $5,000 from riders to ten (10) MMSF families, making it a bit easier on their families for Christmas.
Friends, families and representatives of the Aces and Eights RC, North Shore Women on Wheels (WOW), North Shore Riders, Witch City Riders, and Star Touring attended, along with Nelson’s parents Faye and Bob. Deb “Chic” came in from Charlton and Elisa Mello, (President of the Southeaster MMSF and Brian’s Ride),” joining others from the North Shore. The egg nog was flowing with a delicious carved turkey served up by the Village Green staff.
“We had a decent year,” Paul W. Cote told the crowd. “Reduced accidents and lots of money donated by the riders to the Fund, allow us to help more now with our holiday gifts from the riding community.” Cote reported the MMSF re-directed over $13,000 in 2008 to riders families, and this weekend donated another $5000 to the ten families, (eight who were present at the Party). “Each riders’ $15 donation here and $10 donation there all add up allowing the Survivor’s Fund to help rider families in need, and we thank all the riders for helping us take care of our own.”
While John Jerome Music of Gloucester played great tunes, the MMSF Board members surprised one of their own with a surprise birthday cake. Vince Silvia, past Clerk and current Treasurer of the MMSF, who grew up sharing his December 21 birthday with his twin brother and Christmas, blew out all the candles on his cake to the Birthday chorus.
Marty Johnson’s dad (of Middleton) attended with Friends of Marty while Marty’s mother Donna and Melyssa went to the Beverly Hospital, where (later reported) baby “Marty” was born, (about a month premature). Both Baby Marty and Melyssa are doing well, and this might be the first MMSF baby !
1st Prize – Faye and Bob of Essex
2nd Prize – Joe P. of Peabody
3rd Prize – Jeanne M. of Nahant
4th Prize – Marty J. of Middleton
5th Prize – Mike L of Newbury
6th Prize – Deb C., of Charlton
Watch here for the 2008 MMSF Year in Review wrap up while plans are underway for 2009 MMSF sponsored and supported Events, for riders helping riders.
Thank you and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
The MMSF Board of Directors