Since forming more than a year ago, Bikers 4 Books has lived its mission of supplying local schools in need with the materials needed to educate youth. Its Feb. 8 anniversary celebration and fundraiser at Ripp’s Place in Vermontville served as an example of how the organization is able to accomplish its lofty goals.

More than $3,000 was raised for Bikers 4 Books, which will continue to help school districts most in need of support.

“The crowd was unbelievable,” said Badge Velasquez, one of the organization’s founding members. “There were times it was standing room only.”

Velasquez said the group has grown at least four times in size in the past year, as motorcycle clubs from across the state have found a common cause to rally around.

“One of the cool things about our organization is this is an area that hits everyone, it impacts them,” Velasquez said. “What’s fascinating is that there are many motorcycle groups from different walks of life. These different groups are really working together and people are drawn to that common cause. It’s great that people can drop their guard for one night to raise funds.”

Funds raised are used to provide books and materials for schools that request assistance. Bikers 4 Books has reached 15 schools in the past year, impacting more than 4,500 students.

The group is also gearing up for March is Reading Month and has planned to make appearances at several area schools. Sharing their passion for reading with children and inspiring them to read is one of the best aspects of the group, Velasquez said.

For more information about Bikers 4 Books, find them on Facebook (Bikers For Books) or send an email to