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Xtreme Bike Show benefits Boys & Girls clubs

This party has everything, from some of the area’s most drool-worthy motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars to great food, cold beverages and a live, put-on-your-dancin’-shoes band. And the happy ending? All the proceeds go directly to help local kids through the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley.

The 23rd Annual Xtreme Bike Show & Street Party, hosted by Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Custom Bikes in Medford, will be held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, 2300 Biddle Road. Classes include extreme customs, stock bikes, metric cruisers, vintage bikes, a lady’s division, a specialty class and more. Show registration begins at 11 a.m., with judging from 1 to 3 p.m. Trophies will be awarded around 3:30 p.m. The entry fee is $10.

If dancing to country rock band Perry Road stirs up an appetite, order a tasty bite from the Regency Grill or Chadwick’s Pub & Sports Bar, and quench your thirst with a variety of adult beverages. Other choices include Prickly Pear Latin Cuisine, Cold Fusion Premium Italian Shaved Ice, Trollee Korn Gourmet Popcorn, Uncle Al’s hot dogs and a beer garden.

“We always have a big 50/50 drawing,” Daley says, “and some great raffle prizes, including a getaway package courtesy of the Rogue Regency Inn.” Ask about special overnight rates the weekend of the show for anyone who mentions Thunderstruck at registration.

This year’s poker run, hosted by Combat Hero Bike Build, a nonprofit organization that serves severely wounded veterans, begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration will be held in the parking lot across from Lucky’s Bar, at 336 2nd Ave. in Gold Hill, and finishes at the Thunderstruck show at the Rogue Regency Inn around 1 p.m. Proceeds from the poker run will help fund next year’s motorcycle build.

As a nationally acclaimed custom motorcycle builder, Daley became involved with the Combat Hero Bike Build several years ago and donates his time and talents to construct a custom-fitted motorcycle for a selected combat vet every year. This year’s recipient is Marine Cpl. Jed Morgan who lives in Medford. He was severely injured by an IED in Sangin Province in Afghanistan.

“I’ve been a part of this program for a few years now, and every time we present one of these vets with a bike that’s been custom made for them, I get choked up,” Daley admits. “These men have all made sacrifices for our country, and most of them thought they’d never ride a motorcycle again. They are always so appreciative, but for me, it’s an honor to do this for them.”

With more room at the new Regency Inn location, Daley says, “we’ve added more classic cars, hot rods and street rods. We’ll have booths representing T & D Performance, Hansen’s BMW Motorcycles, Premier Detail, and wood sculptor John Porter’s fabulous chainsaw art, the Boys & Girls Clubs and Combat Hero Bike Build, where you can meet Cpl. Morgan and see his custom-designed bike.”

For over two decades, Thunderstruck owners Mark and Betsy Daley have — with the help of some generous sponsors and volunteers — hosted the annual Xtreme Bike Show & Street Party every August, and the show just gets bigger every year. So far, they have donated over a million dollars to the Boys & Girls Clubs that serve Jackson and Josephine counties, the Daleys said.

“Summer is our toughest time of the year for fundraising,” admits Rene Ludwig, special events and marketing director with Boys & Girls Clubs of the Rogue Valley.

“In the past, we’ve served anywhere from 60 to 80 kids, but this year, we have well over 100. With our summer activities, there are a lot of additional expenses. We take them on field trips and we feed them three meals a day, so that always stretches our financial resources. Mark’s show has become a huge part of our budget that allows us to maintain our summer programs.”

Daley adds, “I can’t say thank you enough to each of the volunteers and generous sponsors who make this event possible. Every year they step up with donations and support and that’s what has grown this event, and the money we’ve been able to donate over the years. Betsy and I are so grateful to everyone who helps make this show such a success.”

If you have a motorcycle, bring it down, says Daley. “It doesn’t have to be a fancy show bike. This is all about having a good time with friends and helping the Boys & Girls Clubs.”

Ludwig adds, “People really come out for this event. It’s a good cause, and everyone has a good time. It’s so heartwarming to see how much effort everyone puts into this. We just can’t thank Mark and Betsy and the whole Team Thunder enough for what they do. Their hearts are so big, it brings tears to my eyes just talking about it.”

Mark Daley of Thunderstruck Custom Bikes.{ }Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune