More than 50 motorcyclists across north Georgia came out to the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame Aug. 3 to help raise money for Amy Alexandria Gibson’s children.
Gibson was killed July 29 in the parking lot of Fire Station 7 in Dawsonville, leaving behind two children, ages 8 and 5.
Jordan Reece, president of God, Guns and Cycles, a motorcycle ministry based in north Georgia, wanted to do something to help support the young children.
Motorcyclists and cars revved their engines and traveled through downtown Dawsonville, winding up Hwy. 9 until they reached their final stop at Johnny B’s in Dahlonega where Gibson’s sister, Mary Esther, was there to accept the donation on behalf of the children.
In total, the ministry raised $2,200 to be given to the Gibson children.
“The most important thing is doing it for the kids,” Reece said.
According to Reece, Saturday’s benefit ride was already scheduled prior to the knowledge of Gibson’s murder. It was originally organized to raise money for Jesse Hall, who has been out of work while his broken femur healed since April; however, he was able to return to work last week and said he didn’t feel right accepting the money from the ride.
Instead of cancelling the event, Sunny Barrentine, a friend of God, Guns and Cycles came up with the idea of raising money for the Gibson children.
“I did not know them, but family violence is very near and dear to my heart so I felt really strongly about wanting to do something for them,” said Barrentine.
The ministry took to social media to share the word where the event spread like wildfire Reece said.
“It was literally what I think to be God’s timing,” Reece said. “It was spur of the moment. We didn’t plan this. We didn’t hope for this or see this coming. It just all laid out perfectly in perfect line for us and it’s turning out to be a great event.”
On behalf of God, Guns and Cycles, Reece and Barrentine said “Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.”