Maiden’s Choice

The Avenue News - - Front Page - By LISA HAR­LOW

If you think a mo­tor­cy­cle club is all about bikes, it’s time to think again. The ladies of the Maiden’s Choice Women’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Club (WMC), cel­e­brat­ing five years this Oc­to­ber, want you to know they are all about giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity.

Maiden’s Choice WMC is a fam­ily-ori­ented club. They are a unique sis­ter­hood full of strong, in­de­pen­dent women that wel­comes any brand of mo­tor­cy­cle and any level of rid­ing skill. While rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles is their pas­sion, they also travel and so­cial­ize to­gether through­out the year but their pri­mary fo­cus is helping out lo­cal char­i­ties.

“I be­lieve in treat­ing peo­ple the way you want to be treated. Peo­ple need help these days, and if we can help them we will do what­ever we can,” said Maiden’s Choice pres­i­dent and founder Blaze (who goes by her rid­ing name). “We think it’s re­ally im­por­tant to give back to the com­mu­nity. That’s why we sup­port a lot of dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.”

Maiden’s Choice’s pri­mary char­ity is Casey Cares. The Casey Cares Foun­da­tion is ded­i­cated to pro­vid­ing up­lift­ing pro­grams for crit­i­cally ill chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. They pro­vide fam­i­lies with movie nights, va­ca­tions, birth­day par­ties and much more. Since the club was founded, they have do­nated at least $2,000 an­nu­ally to Casey Cares.

The ladies also stay very busy do­ing fun- drais­ers for Grey­hound Res­cue Inc. and Toys for Tots. Maiden’s Choice works with these char­i­ties mak­ing do­na­tions and sup­port­ing these or­ga­ni­za­tions through events all year long. They sup­port many other mo­tor­cy­cle events for char­i­ties such as Spe­cial Olympics, an­i­mal rights, Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion, Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy As­so­ci­a­tion, ALS, Franklin Square Home­less Shel­ter, Franklin Square NICU, the Wounded War­rior Project and more.

As part of the an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion, Maiden’s Choice will be host­ing a Celebrity Guest Bar­tender Night at Har­vey’s Pub on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1. All tips will be do­nated to the Casey Cares Foun­da­tion. Bar­tenders will in­clude lo­cal en­ter­tain­ers Sara from Sara and the Ig­n­i­tors from 8-9, pm; Michael El from 9-10 pm and Dean Craw­ford from 10-11 pm. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by Bob’s Af­ford­able DJ.

Blaze is very proud that the group re­cently be­came an of­fi­cial 501 (C) (7) tax-ex­empt club. She founded the group on Oc­to­ber 17, 2011 along with her sis­ter, Lisa. Blaze started out rid­ing dirt bikes when she was 10 years old.

“I al­ways liked mo­tor­cy­cles when I was a kid. I had two un­cles who had mo­tor­cy­cles, and in high school, I had a boyfriend who had a mo­tor­cy­cle,” she said.

She got her mo­tor­cy­cle li­cense in 1986 and soon joined a mo­tor­cy­cle club called “Street Sur­vivors of Mary­land.” Blaze, who grew up in Hawthorne, was the only woman in the club who rode her own bike. In 2008, she joined a ladies-only mo­tor­cy­cle club and had grad­u­ated to the po­si­tion of vice pres­i­dent when she de­cided to re­sign. Af­ter do­ing some re­search and fol­low­ing mo­tor­cy­cle club pro­to­col, she de­cided to start her own club.

“It’s been a great five years,” said Blaze of Maiden’s Choice, which has four “First Ladies” who have been with the club since its in­cep­tion. Mo­tor­cy­cle club pro­to­col is not to state an ac­tual mem­ber count. Prospects go through a pe­riod of try­ing to earn their col­ors, and then they are ac­cepted into the club.

While most of the mem­bers are ex­pe­ri­enced riders, Maiden’s Choice is very di­verse in age and skill, and they welcome prospects who are be­gin­ners and non­rid­ers as well.

The club also of­fers a So­cial Club for ladies who do not ride but wish to sup­port the club, make new friends and en­joy the mo­tor­cy­cle scene. For moms with girls in­fants to 18 years of age, the club has a Ju­nior Pro­gram for rel­a­tives of cur­rent mem­bers. The girls can at­tend all fam­ily-ori­ented events.

“What I love about this club is our ded­i­ca­tion to each other. We stand united as a whole. We can call each other any time night or day and we’ll be there for each other,” said Blaze.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Maiden’s Choice Women’s Mo­tor­cy­cle Club, call Blaze at 410-627-8392 or Lisa at 410-905-8010; email maid­en­schoicewmc@ya­hoo.com; or visit http://www.maid­en­schoicewmc.com/. Up­com­ing Events Celebrity Bar­tender Night for Casey Cares

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 1, 8 pm to 1 am Har­vey’s Pub 400 Myrth Av­enue, Es­sex 8-9 pm: Sara from Sara and the Ig­n­i­tors 9-10 pm: Michael El 10-11 pm: Dean Craw­ford Open Meet­ing Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9 at 11:30 am Har­vey’s Pub 400 Myrth Av­enue, Es­sex Fall Free­bies Meet and Greet

Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 11 am to 2 pm

Free Hot Dogs, Soda and Chips (while sup­plies last)

Cy­cle Shack, 10124 Lib­erty Rd., Ran­dall­stown

Maiden’s Choice giv­ing the Casey Cares Foun­da­tion a do­na­tion.

Lisa (L), Coun­cil­woman Cathy Bevins, and Blaze.

Maiden’s Choice poses with Bat­man at Es­sex Day 2016.

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