Motorcycle run to raise money for Holyoke Soldiers Home

Hampden County

Hundreds of people were in Holyoke Sunday for the 7th Annual Holyoke Soldiers Home Motorcycle Run. 

800 bikes lined up in the parking lot behind the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Sunday’s event was rescheduled from May, due to bad weather. 

The event was hosted by Victory for Veterans, which has raised $200,000 to benefit quality of life programs for vets. 

Bennett Walsh, superintendent of the Holyoke Soldiers Home, told 22News, “Everybody that comes here and the donations they give to us really, really improves the quality of life for our veterans, and we’re very thankful for people taking their time to show their love for our veterans.”

An after party was held at the Waterfront Tavern, which included a BBQ, raffles and live music. 

Proceeds from Sunday’s event was about $30,000, and all of it will go to the Holyoke Soldiers Home. 

22News anchor Barry Kriger served as the MC of the event. 

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