Biker Clubs Gather to Help Wounded Vet

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Black Leather Jackets with the “Colors” of many Biker Clubs filled the Hall at the Eagle’s in Rockland Saturday night. The Purpose? To help a  fellow Marine wounded in Afghanistan.  “Fitzy” , retired Rockland Police officer, Jim Fitzpatrick, helped organize the event along with Dwight Nelson; and it was a complete success!  “I am thrilled with the crowd that took the time to come out and help their fellow Marine. Many people deserve a lot of thanks.” said Fitzy.

One of many different club colors that filled the room. The Hyde Park Club, I think.

The donations for the raffles included fishing trips, Red Sox and Celtic’s tickets, a complete poker table with all the amenities, a beautiful United States Marine gold pocket watch; and, of course, a big bottle of “Jack”. These were only a few of the many great prizes you could win.

Along with the members of the Biker Clubs were many other people of note. Former US Attorney for the Commonwealth, Mike Sullivan, and his wife were there.  Rockland Selectman Debbie O’Brien, School Committee Member Mike Mullen, Veterans Agent Tony Materna, members of the State Police, Rockland and Abington Police, and members of the Rockland, Boston and Holbrook Fire Departments helped swell the crowd to near capacity.  But this night belonged to the Marines, current and former, and  they came out in numbers to help one of their own. Veterans of Korea and Viet Nam joined with their comrades-in-arms to support our wounded Vets.

Dan,  founder of the American Infidels, is a veteran of four tours of duty in Afghanistan and was instrumental in organizing the event with step-dad Fitzy, and mom, Bonnie.  His Club did a great job putting on a great Saturday evening for all those who came. Proceeds from the night are going toward helping Sgt. Gregg Caron, who received serious wounds in the war. I am sure the organizers and volunteers were happy with the turnout.

Hug a Soldier!

The entertainment was top of the line and the Joint was rocking to the sound of “Slider” who put on a fantastic performance for the crowd.

Click here to hear the band!

If you want to get involved or make a donation, here are some places to start:                    

Rockland Fire Department Executive Secretary Mary Ryan and Selectwoman Debbie OBrien enjoy the night and the band. was well represented @ the event. Pictured are (L-R) “The Earle”, Grand Poobah “Rock Bottom” and RG (Retired Guy) Fitzy. Also there were Mar-e and Elmer, Billy Bob, and Flann. RG cooked up some fine food for the crowd and no one went home hungry.

A Special Thank You to the American Infidels who manned the tables and volunteered to make the evening a complete success.