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 firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.