Heritage Ride for Hellenic Pride will take place on July 31. Founded in the mid 1990s by John Corasis and his cousin Deno Bisbikis, GAMA brings together Greek Americans who share a love and passion for motorcycles, and wish to give back to the Greek community. They’ve raised thousands of dollars for area charities, including Fanari Camp and Toys for Tots. This year, they also participated in the opening ceremony of the Junior Olympics and in April provided a thunderous finale to Chicago’s annual Greek Independence Day parade. Among the members are two area Greek Orthodox priests.
“The people from the museum approached us to do something. They are doing some creative things to raise money for the museum and get people involved. What better way than a motorcycle ride, trying to unite motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the Chicago area?” Corasis told Chicago’s The Greek Star newspaper.
The response to date has been overwhelming — 100-150 bikes are expected to participate. They’re raising money from pledges as well. The entry fee is $30 per rider, $45 with a passenger. Registered participants will receive breakfast prior to the event and a special commemorative t-shirt. They’ll depart Chicago’s historic Greektown at 10 am and ride to Milwaukee. Following the ride, participants will tour the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. The event will culminate with a tailgate party at Assumption Church in Milwaukee – complete with burgers, brats and beer – sponsored by Miller Lite. “We’ll probably raise between $5000 – $15,000 for the museum, which isn’t too bad for a first-year run,” Corasis added.
“WE WILL NOT SAY THAT GREEKS RIDE LIKE HEROES, BUT THAT HEROES RIDE LIKE GREEKS.”