ACT to host annual David Barbur’s Biker Brunch Aug. 13
For the last six years, Abuse Counseling and Treatment has held its annual motorcycle run in honor of David Barbur, who passed away four years ago. On Sunday, Aug. 13, 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 will conclude at Keylime Bistro at 11509 Andy Rosse Lane in Captiva.
Barbur, who was a former Sunrise Rotary Club Rotarian and an ACT board member, started the annual ride for ACT two years before he passed. Now, ACT and Sandy Stilwell, a close friend of Barbur, continue the ride in his honor.
“I hope people will support it and come out and ride with everybody. It’s a really nice affair,” said Jennifer Benton, chief executive of Abuse Counseling and Treatment.
Stilwell, who is the CEO and owner of Stilwell Enterprises, donates brunch every year from her restaurant, Keylime Bistro.
“I was chairman of the Art For Act annual event for three years. Dave Barbur was the president of the charity and was a friend and also was my banker from many years prior. One year, our theme of the big event was all about motorcycles so we did a biker brunch with Harley Davidson and we all rode out to Captiva together for the first one. I was on a board of directors for a local bank and we hired him to be our market president. He was our president when he discovered that he had a brain tumor. Tammy, his wife, is a friend and also likes Harley’s. It’s such a helpless feeling when somebody is soon to pass and Hope Healthcare did a remarkable job making his last days as comfortable as they could. His friends and family were there during his last days. We knew that we wanted to do something to always remember him and his love for the Abuse Counseling Treatment and Center. So we now named it after him. We miss him terribly, but his legacy continues,” Stilwell said.
Last year, the center met its goal of $5,000. ACT provides assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking in Lee, Hendry and Glades counties.
“The money (for this year) will go towards our residential program,” Benton said.
In addition to the brunch, there will also be an opportunity to win raffle prizes. Some of those prizes include a two-night stay on Captiva, paddle boarding and kayaking packages, massage packages and gift cards.
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. Brunch will begin at 11 a.m. and end around 1 p.m. The ride will take place rain or shine. To register, call (239) 939-2553 or visit actabuse.com/event/motorcycle-run-the-5th-annual-david-barbur-bikers-brunch/.