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The Blessing of the Bikes began in 1972 with 4 bikes, 8 riders and a goal to help the people of Lake County Michigan, the poorest county in the state. It has grown into a massive event with peak years seeing an estimated 40,000 bikers in attendance. Even with the growth, the organizers at the Para-Dice Motorcycle Club out of Grand Rapids are staying true to their original goal and give all proceeds to the Lake County Meals on Wheels program and other programs in Lake County.

This short documentary tells the story of that amazing event and the struggle to keep the money in Lake County for the people. Produced by a local resident, Allen Bialk and supported by his employer, Grand Valley State University and many people in the community, this story is one of generosity, compassion and how an idea can grow to make a difference.

Trailer for The “Original” Blessing of the Bikes

Click Here to purchase the DVD and help support seniors in Lake County Michigan.