Bikers ride to fight hunger

By WEEK Producer

September 15, 2012 Updated Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. --The roar of motorcycles could be heard Saturday from Peoria to Kingston Mines.

The 22nd annual Bikers Against Street Hunger - or BASH for short - hit the road to raise money for two local food pantries.

About 300 bikes took off from the Itoo Hall and paraded to Kingston Mines Park. Once they arrived, there was music, food, a bike show and an auction.

The event has grown from modest beginnings.

"It started out where Sadye's Cafe would actually feed people in need and they had a fundraiser," explained Mac Clements, one of the organizers of Saturday's event. "It turned into what it is today. We do a parade, we end up out at Kingston Mines, we have auction items and we try to raise as much money as we can for these organizations."

BASH organizers hope to raise over $20,000, with proceeds going to the Civic Outreach Center in Pekin and the South Side Office of Concern in Peoria.

Clements said over 2,000 people attended last year's event.