ACT to host 5th annual David Barbur Biker’s Brunch
Abuse Counseling and Treatment will hold its fifth annual David Barbur Biker’s Brunch Sunday, Aug. 21. The 30-mile trip will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Six Bends Harley-Davidson at 9501 Thunder Road in Fort Myers and end at Keylime Bistro at 11509 Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva.
The motorcycle run is held annually in honor of David Barbur who passed away three years ago from brain cancer. Barbur was a former Sunrise Rotary Club Rotarian and ACT board member.
“David was on the board of directors for 10 years. Previous to that, he was actually a volunteer. He’s helped with a lot of events and things we’ve had over the last 20 years. He died three years ago and we still honor him; he loved motorcycles, and he originally started the bike run. We’re happy that we’re able to continue it in his honor,” said Jennifer Benton, chief executive officer of Abuse Counseling and Treatment.
Last year, ACT raised $2,000, this year they are eyeing $5,000. The money will go towards infrastructure projects.
“We’re hoping to get a bigger crowd this year,” Benton said.
Sandy Stilwell, CEO and owner of Stilwell Enterprises and Restaurant Group, will donate brunch from her restaurant, Keylime Bistro. The brunch will consist of fresh fruit, quiche, corned beef hash and key lime pie. Stilwell is expecting 75-100 people to participate.
“Dave Barbur was my banker and my longtime friend. He had come up with the idea of doing the Harley run the first year. The first year we did it, I actually rode with him on the back of his Harley. By the time the second one came around, he had passed away. We named it after Dave. He was great, he was the president of the bank that I was on the board of directors for. He was a real champion for the Abuse Counseling and Treatment Center,” Stilwell said.
Since Barbur passed away, Stilwell has sponsored the event every year to pay tribute to him.
“We have some raffle items and a few other things, but it’s really more about creating awareness about the Abuse Counseling Treatment Center and then to raise money of course, but then to honor Dave. It’s a trifold,” Stilwell said.
The motorcycle run registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Kickstands go up at 9:30 a.m. The event cost is $20 per rider. Participants have until Aug. 18 to sign up. All money will benefit ACT. To register, call (239) 939-2553 or visit actabuse.com/event/motorcycle-run-the-5th-annual-david-barbur-bikers-brunch/.