Denali Harley Davidson

Denali Harley Davidson

WASILLA — Bikers Fighting Hunger is hosting their annual Roses for Tacos event with their partner Denali Harley Davidson at the shop Saturday, Feb. 15 from 12 to 4 p.m.

Attendees can either donate 12 cans of food or $12 for homemade tacos and plenty of community-minded bikers to talk to.

“It’s another one of those things that we just get to participate with the community… The more people that do stuff for the community, the more people talk about, the more they think about doing something themselves; and hopefully, there’s pride living in the Valley,” Denali Harley Davidson GM Fred Becker said.

Donations go toward Bikers Fighting Hunger’s annual food drive which is currently underway and wraps up at the end of the month with a community Spaghetti Feed. Numerous businesses across the Valley have collection bins. Monetary and food donations support local food banks’ efforts to feed local families.

“With the New Year, comes a new hope and beginning for all. But, some families are in a tough spot and could use our help to make ends meet through the rest of the winter,” Glen Butts, CMA rider and Bikers Fighting Hunger founder told the Frontiersman.

Bikers Fighting Hunger operates under the Christian Motorcycle Associations’ local Midnight Son chapter. They’re inviting the public to donate canned goods or make monetary contributions at any participating location during the drive.

“It just started growing year by year. Now, it’s gotten to the point everybody looks forward to it every year...People show up in droves,” Butts said.

Butts coordinates numerous community fundraisers and events with Denali Harley Davidson throughout the year, including his staple project, the annual Biker Elves Toy Drive.

“He’s constant. He’s always got his hands involved in something and whenever he needs anything, I’m happy to be a point of contact for him,” Becker said. “Anything he does is 100 percent. He’s all in with the community.”

The annual Bikers Fighting Hunger Spaghetti Feed wraps up the two-month food drive. Butts said that he anticipates over 150 people to cycle through the Spaghetti Feed, some just to donate but many to stay and enjoy his wife Natalie’s cooking.

“The meatballs are her specialty,” Butts said.

The Spaghetti Feed will be at the Mat-Su Alano Club Feb. 23, starting at 2 p.m.

“It’s a really fun time,” Butts said. “A lot of people say they want to help out with things. I found a way I can,” Butts said.

Local donation bins can be found at businesses like Three Bears Alaska, Denali Harley Davidson, Spenard Builder’s Supply, and Bright Minds Learning Center.

For more information and drop off locations, call 907-357-0579.

Denali Harley Davidson is located at 1497 South, Hyer Road.

The Mat-Su Alano Club is located at 801-901 East Snohomish Drive, Wasilla.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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