Below are news stories about the 2014 and 2015 MCVcares campaigns, "Fivers with Survivors"


MCVcares' Efforts Highlighted in Thunder Roads Magazine


Motorcycle Club Five Kicks into High Gear for Patients
at Samuelson Breast Care Center at Northwest Hospital


(Posted to The Baltimore Sun by Helene King, Community Contributor)

Members of MCVcares, Inc., the charity arm of Motorcycle Club Five in Reisterstown, present a $25,005 check to Northwest 
Hospital to benefit patients at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center undergoing treatment and recovery.


Motorcycle Club Five Kicks into High Gear for Cancer Patients
What do motorcycles, bikers and breast cancer patients have in common? Read below to find out.

By HELENE KING (Open Post)
February 1, 2016

On a recent Saturday morning, the lobby at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown was filled with leather vests; people nicknamed Tee, Pixie and Diesel (just to name a few); and some of the biggest hearts in all of Baltimore County.

That’s because about 45 bikers from Motorcycle Club Five in Reisterstown turned out to show their support for breast cancer patients at the Herman & Walter Samuelson Breast Care Center. They presented a check for $25,005, to Brian White, president of Northwest Hospital, and Dawn Leonard, M.D., medical director of the Samuelson Breast Care Center.

“On behalf of Northwest Hospital’s breast cancer patients, their families and our employees, I want to thank Motorcycle Club Five for their heartfelt generosity and continuous commitment to some of the most vulnerable members of the community who need some extra help during a critical time in their lives,” said White. “Taking the financial worry away from patients who are coping with life and death is an amazing gift.”

The money was raised through MCVcares.org, the charity arm of Motorcycle Club Five, and the added $5 on the check was in honor of the club. This philanthropic, family-oriented club is known as much for helping others as it is for its participants’ love of riding bikes and having fun. This year’s donation was mainly raised through two major fundraisers, the Spring Fling and the Thanks For Giving Party.

Fivers for Survivors, members of Motorcycle Club Five, chose the patients of the Samuelson Breast Care Center as the recipients of their incredible generosity for the second year in a row. The funds donated will be used to help patients undergoing treatment and recovery.

If you are interested in becoming involved with future Motorcycle Club Five events to support next year’s recipient, go to www.MCVcares.org.

Northwest Hospital is part of LifeBridge Health, one of the largest most comprehensive providers of health in Maryland. LifeBridge Health also consists of Sinai Hospital, Carroll Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, and related subsidiaries and affiliates. For more information, go to www.lifebridgehealth.org


Nonprofit sector tackles its passions with businesslike approach

By Marc Shapiro 
Baltimore Jewish Times
November 21, 2013

These days, it seems that everyone is starting a nonprofit. What’s the appeal?

“The reason people start nonprofits is because they see a need and a void that they are passionate to fill,” says Paddy Morton, attorney with Maryland Nonprofits, an organization that serves to strengthen and educate the state’s nonprofit sector. “They’re doing public cleanup projects; they’re doing mentoring projects; they’re doing environmental projects or animal-rights projects. They’re filling the gap that the government can’t complete.”

But it takes more than a good idea and passion to start a successful nonprofit.

“You can’t run a nonprofit these days with a nonprofit mentality; you have to run it with an entrepreneurial mindset,” says Ed Hartman, executive director of the Community Crisis Center in Reisterstown, which works to prevent homelessness through various forms of assistance. 

“You have to run it like a business.”

While passionate advocates may feel driven to form their own nonprofits, others effectively partner with existing organizations, and some raise money by participating in marathons, yogathons or other fundraising events.

Officials at Maryland Nonprofits recommend that those intent on starting nonprofits do their homework. The process involves following legal procedures and creating business-development strategies. Filing IRS documents, articles of incorporation and bylaws are required on the legal side, and for business development, a nonprofit needs to identify its donor base, volunteers and board members and come up with a model for growth and success.

A Baltimore County motorcycle club, MCV (Motorcycle Club Five), formed its own 501(c)(3), MCVcares, in 2012 after the club already had been involved with charity work such as sending holiday packages to soldiers in Afghanistan. Club members say establishing the formal nonprofit gave them more legitimacy and made corporate entities more willing to donate.

“We would do it [the charity work] one way or the other,” says Carl “Diesel” Galler, vice president and co-founder of MCV. “Having the 501(c)(3) status adds some legitimacy and adds a level of confidence. It lends credibility to those folks [who donate] that we’re not just a ragtag bunch of people.”

The club, whose members are from Owings Mills, Reisterstown and Westminster, picks one charitable endeavor each year. Last year, it raised about $5,000 for the Hannah More School in Reisterstown, and this year it is hoping to raise $10,000 for the Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start program, which provides job training to young men who are recovering from substance abuse or coming from the juvenile justice system.
“Some of our members have lost some children to the disease of addiction, and we felt this dovetailed nicely with what we were doing,” Galler says.

In 2012, there were 23,739 501(c)(3) organizations operating in Maryland. The nonprofit sector is the fastest-growing employment sector in Maryland — and in the country, Morton says.

In Maryland, nonprofits have paved the way for lead abatement, which has significantly reduced the number of cases of lead poisoning. Hospice care also has benefited from the work of nonprofits, according to Maryland Nonprofits president and CEO Greg Cantori.

“Passion overrides the need for profits,” Cantori says. “There tends to be a very strong feeling that something is not just and that it needs to change. It could be anything from ‘Why are these kids not getting art education in schools?’ to ‘Why don’t they have a mentor in their life?’”

The lackluster music education program in Baltimore City’s public schools and a desire to give back using his musical skills led Kenny Liner to form Believe in Music. Liner, who toured with Baltimore rock band The Bridge for 10 years, has been teaching music in the city’s largest housing project, Perkins Homes, since September 2012.

But rather than starting his own nonprofit, he partnered with Living Classrooms.

“I really loved what Living Classrooms was doing already, and felt that I fit into what their mission was,” he says. “That’s a good way to get started, to partner with an already-established nonprofit whose mission coincides with yours.”

While he mainly raises his money from benefit concerts, utilizing contacts he made as a touring musician, he says he never turns down a good volunteer. Many nonprofits survive thanks to the work of volunteers.

“There are a lot of things that go behind being able to say ‘Oh yeah, we do dental, we give 3,000 pounds of food out a month,’” Hartman says. 

“There’s a lot of setup work before you do that. That’s all volunteers.”

Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen started a yogathon to raise money for the National Lung Cancer Partnership after her mother died of lung cancer.

Some people find themselves volunteering through unfortunate circumstances, such as Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Kohen. In 2008, her mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer and died 10 weeks later.

“I was shaken and looking for something to do,” she says.

She came across Free to Breathe, an organization that raises money for the National Lung Cancer Partnership. While she knew nothing about lung cancer prior to her mother’s diagnosis, she soon found out it kills more people than any other form of cancer. She learned about about a yogathon in North Carolina, and as a yoga devotee herself, she was intrigued.

“I ended up calling the organization expecting to just participate in an event and found myself running one,” she says. “I think that’s how this stuff happens.”

Rabbi Sachs-Kohen and Free to Breathe spearheaded Baltimore’s fifth event on Nov. 10, at the B&O Railroad Museum. This year, 141 people participated. While fundraising continues through the end of the year, more than $31,000 already has been raised.

“When you hear these stories of people who say we’ve changed their lives, it means the world,” says Gabi Green, endurance manager at Team Challenge, a half-marathon training program of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

These good feelings do a lot more than make people feel warm and fuzzy, Cantori says. Research shows that the more people give of themselves, the better they feel physically and psychologically. Events such as marathons, yogathons and the like give people extra incentive and engage them further in causes, he says.

The Polar Bear Plunge, for example, raises money for the Special Olympics through people jumping into the frigid Chesapeake Bay at Sandy Point Park during the winter.

“Who in their right mind would jump into 30- or 40-degree water? But they do, and they have a blast,” Cantori says. “It is fun, it’s kooky and it’s for a great cause.


Below are news stories about the 2013 MCVcares campaign, "MCVcares Fresh Start"


Motorcycle club hosts charity ride for Fresh Start
Program helps teens involved in drug rehab and juvenile justice
 
By Jacob deNobel
Community Times
 

April 24, 2013

More than 200 bikers from Maryland organizations like the Four Horsemen, Souls of Steel, Unchained Few and Iron Shields met at the Full Moon Pub and Grill in Reisterstown to raise money for young men with substance abuse problems or juvenile justice records.

The “Spring Fling” fundraiser, consisting of a 60-mile motorcycle ride from Full Moon Pub and Grill to Lake Redman in York, Pa., was held by MCVCares, the charitable non-profit arm of Motorcycle Club Five from Reisterstown, and supported Living Classroom Foundation’s Fresh Start program.

Art “Tee” Eanet, president of MCV, said this is the first of three Fresh Start fundraisers the organization will hold throughout the year.

The Fresh Start program is a component of Living Classrooms, a non-profit organization based in Baltimore. The program consists of a 10-month job training for men between the ages of 16 and 19 who come out of the juvenile justice system or substance abuse treatment centers. The training consists of one-on-one tutoring and classroom instruction to help them prepare to enter the workforce or earn their GED.

Cheryl Riviere, Fresh Start program director, said the men in the program are guaranteed jobs at the completion of the 10-month program.

“It’s so important to make sure they have jobs to help them from re-offending or from falling back into addiction,” Riviere said. “They need employment and they need a place to stay to diminish those risks.”

Eanet said each year, MCVCares polls the members of Motorcycle Club Five to discern which charity they plan to aid.

“This year the club collectively chose to select the Fresh Start program because of its tie-in to addiction rehabilitation,” Eanet said. “I recently lost my son to addiction and it’s been a pretty horrific time. This is one small something we can do to help out.”

Motorcycle Club Five formed in February 2010 from members of four separate riding groups, giving the club its name. In 2012, after two successful fundraisers, Neil “Carver” Levy of MCV said they decided to formally branch out into charitable giving through the creation of the non-profit organization MCVCares.

“Right from the beginning, we were involved in charitable efforts, like Ride Across Maryland. At Christmas we raised $5,000 for goodies for the troops in Afghanistan,” Levy said. “We realized it was fun doing that, and it brought out a lot of people, so we got together to formalize the idea.”

Carl “Diesel” Galler, vice president of MCV said they intentionally kept the non-profit separate from the riding activities of the club.

“When we started, we had this idea that charity would be a key component of the group, but it’s not in our mission statement,” Galler said. “This way we don’t burden the club per se. We don’t say, ‘To be a member, you have to give to these charities,’ but virtually everyone does.”

Last year the group donated $5,000 to the Hannah More School in Reisterstown. Levy said this year with their Fresh Start fundraisers, they are trying to outdo their fundraising efforts from last year.

Eanet said they estimated over 230 riders participated on over 120 bikes, already outdoing their earlier effort. In total, they raised about $5,600 in registration fees at this single fundraiser.

Though the next fundraiser will not be held until the group’s Fall Foliage Ride, Levy said they are always accepting donations to the Fresh Start Program at www.mcvcares.org.


Motorcycle Club Five plans to focus upcoming charitable 
efforts on helping disadvantaged young men

By Marc Shapiro
Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch
March 25, 2013
 
With several community charity projects under its belt, MCV (Motorcycle Club Five) has announced a new effort to help a Living Classrooms program that supports disadvantaged young men.

The Reisterstown- and Owings Mills-based motorcycle club launched its charitable arms, MCVcares in June 2011, and has since raised money for Hannah More School, participated in Ride Across America, sent care packages to troops in Afghanistan and even revved their engines at acounter-protest of the Westboro Baptist Church.

The group’s latest initiative will raise money for the Living Classrooms’ Fresh Start program, which provides a 10-month job training program for men ages 16-19 who are out of school and out of work. Most of the students come from the juvenile justice system and/or from substance abuse programs, according to a news release.

"The tragedy and heartache of addiction in our youth is something that the MCV family is painfully aware of. This reality hit very close to home with the death of MCV President Art "Tee" Eanet's son who recently lost his life to the disease of addiction at the age of 24," Carl "Diesel" Galler, MCV’s co-founder and vice president, said in an email. “If there's a chance that we can help save the life of just one of our local youth, and help them forge a healthy and productive future; MCV feels that all of our fundraising work is well worth the effort.”

MCVcares will hold its Spring Fling fundraiser on Saturday, April 20, at Full Moon Pub & Grill in Reisterstown.





MCVcares Announces 2013 Partnership with 
Living Classrooms Program Fresh Start

MCVcares Press Release
February 21, 2013

MCVcares, Inc. (“MCVcares”) has entered its second year of charitable operation by announcing that its 2013 activities will benefit the “Fresh Start” program of the Living Classrooms Foundation. Living Classrooms is a Baltimore-based non-profit educational organization, which is built around “learning by doing” programs. The Fresh Start program is a ten-month job-training program for disadvantaged young people ages 16-19, who are out of school and out of work. A majority of the students come either out of the juvenile justice system and/or substance abuse treatment centers. Fresh Start uses carpentry as a medium to teach work-ready job skills (and GED education and life skills training). They also provide intensive support and "wrap-around services" through life skills and job placement opportunities.

After a very successful 2012 MCVcares for Kids campaign, MCVcares – Fresh Start will feature bigger and better events to help raise money for this worthy cause in our community. Motorcycle Club Five (MCV) knows that it is a tough fight to break free from substance abuse and to get back on track after making bad decisions. MCVcares can help give some young people a “fresh start” through this program and their own hard work. We are committed to this project and hope that many of our friends, families and the local business community will join in and help us make this a success.

MCVcares is a Maryland non-profit corporation, qualified as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. It is affiliated with a family oriented motorcycle club based in Reisterstown, Maryland known as Motorcycle Club Five (MCV). For more information, visit www.mcvcares.org, or email mcvcares@yahoo.com.


Below are news stories about the 2012 MCVcares campaign, "MCVcares for Kids"


Motorcycle Club Five’s inaugural MCVcares for Kids campaign benefits
the Hannah More School in Reisterstown

By Marc Shapiro (Editor)
Owings Mills-Reisterstown Patch
April 13, 2012

MCV does a lot more than ride bikes.

Motorcycle Club Five members can often be spotted at wearing their leather vests adorned with “V” patches, but again, these local residents do more than ride and hang out.

The Owings Mills/Reisterstown-based club’s charitable arm, MCVcares, was started in June 2011 when they rode in Ride Across America. In the winter, the club raised more than $5,000 to send care packages to troops in Afghanistan. Members even revved their engines at a in Glen Burnie last month. The Kansas church, known for its extreme position against homosexuality, was protesting outside of Glen Burnie High School.

This month, the club has launched its first “MCVcares for Kids” campaign, which will benefit . The Reisterstown school is for students in grades 6 - 12 with emotional disturbances, autism, learning disabilities and other health impairments and disabilities.

“MCVcares…will be raising funds by holding various motorcycle rallies and other charity events with an eye towards purchasing and donating important equipment to the school,” a press release said. “One important need identified by Hannah More’s Director of Education, Michael Kerins, and Director of Development, Joan Drebing, are high-tech interactive white-boards which would enable students to directly interact with technology based lesson plans and activities.”

These white boards cost between $2,000 and $5,000 and the school has an immediate need for at least five.

MCV’s Annual Spring Fling, on April 21st, will be the first of the MCVcares for Kids fundraising events. MCV will be leading a leisurely backroads ride to Codorus State Park for a barbeque lunch. It’s open to all motorcyclists and the general public.

Preceding the ride will be a breakfast at at 9:00am and the ride will leave promptly at 10:30 a.m. The club asks for aminimum donation of $15 per rider or $25 for rider with passenger, which includes breakfast, lunch and the ride.

Donations can also be sent to MCVcares, 400 Redland Court, Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD, 21117.





Below are news stories about the 2011 campaign, "Operation MCV Cares"

Reisterstown's Motorcycle Club V boxed hundreds of items
for soldiers in Afghanistan Wednesday night

By David Snyder
Owings Mills Patch
December 01, 2011

Santa Claus has to seriously fuel up his sleigh come this holiday season. Thanks to the MCV (Motorcycle Club 5), he’s dropping off a large haul to troops on the frontlines in Afghanistan.

After two fundraising events in November generated more than $5,000, MCV members gathered Wednesday night to put together care packages destined for the 2-27th Infantry Battalion of Bravo Company stationed at COP Monti in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.

The shipment, which was mailed on Thursday, includes Christmas decorations, snack foods, candy, DVDs, CDs, magazines, sports equipment and other games that will provide the troops with ample entertainment for their downtime.  

MCV member Neil “Carver” Levy said the 30 large boxes should arrive prior to Christmas Day. He also acknowledges that none of this could be possible without the dedication of his colleagues and a heap of support from community members (including many veterans) and fellow motorcycle organizations.

“We’re very happy that the whole project has gone so successfully,” Levy said. “People have just been tremendously generous and we seem to have touched on something that’s important to a lot of people in this community and we’re really glad that we’re able to do something cool for this unit in Afghanistan.

“We have got some reports back from them and we know they’re in a dangerous place and they got it pretty tough, so we’re glad that around the holidays we can do something for them.”

The MVC raised the money through its ride to High Rock Park on November 6 and a M*A*S*H party at on November 17. Through their devotion and generosity from supporters—some of whom the MCV encountered through this cause alone—one group of soldiers will have reason to enjoy themselves come the holiday.

“We’re very gratified that so many people stepped up,” Levy said. “People found out about what we were doing and they were very eager to help us out in some way.”




Carroll County Times
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 

A northwest-area motorcycle club has launched a mission to send holiday care packages to a U.S. Army unit stationed in Afghanistan.

According to Motorcycle Club Five member Neil Levy, the 120-plus men "are infantry, rangers and artillery. Their combat outpost has seen a lot of action, taken a few hits, and they live with very little."

"The club is raising funds to send them holiday care packages and a message that MCV and its many friends care about them and appreciate their service," he added.

But the mission is much more personal for club member Michelle Chau, known to her friends in the club as "Cha Cha."

"My son, Pfc. Kevin Amick, is in the company deployed in Afghanistan that we are sending care packages to as our club holiday charity initiative," Chau wrote in an e-mail.

"Kevin is an infantry soldier, and his company is stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. He went to North Carroll High School and graduated in 2008. Kevin is really excelling in the military environment and is truly appreciating the learning experience his tour in Afghanistan is bringing to him.

"As a matter of fact, [during his deployment in Afghanistan] together with another soldier, Kevin had the opportunity to compete in a competition on ‘Tropic Lightning Day,' and they won the One-Mile Buddy Run in full combat gear, winning the ‘Best Wolfhound' competition [2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment are known as the Wolfhounds].

"Of course, as we know, it isn't just fun and competitive games in Afghanistan. Kevin's company is in one of the most dangerous areas of Afghanistan. They are in Kunar Province, which boarders Pakistan.

"They live on a combat outpost and have access to very little comforts. And, as I am sure you know, the area is full of Taliban and militant insurgents. They are in constant battle for their lives and the protection of the Afghan people.

"Their COP often faces mortar attacks and their missions are long and dangerous. It is a violent area. But this is a notoriously brave company and we have much faith that Kevin will return home safely.

"As you may be able to see from my e-mail, myself, Kevin's father Marc Amick, his stepmother Marsha Derrickson, his two younger brothers Liam and Julian, and my fiancé Carl (Diesel) are all very proud of him."

The club is holding these upcoming fundraising events for the unit:

  • Ride to High Rock, Sunday, Nov. 6. Breakfast at Full Moon Pub & Grill at 9 a.m.; 10:30 scenic ride to High Rock, Thurmont, Md. Lunch at Mountain Gate Restaurant. Cost is $12 (includes breakfast). Open to all motorcycle riders; easy pace.

  • Pre-Thanksgiving Night @ Full Moon Pub & Grill, Thursday, Nov. 17. Drinks, food, music and laughs. Chinese Auction, door prizes, 50/50, bar specials. 7 p.m., no cover, normal bar and food prices.
Donations for the unit may be sent to: MCV Cares, c/o LMCH&P Escrow Account, 400 Redland Ct., Suite 110, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

For more information, e-mail neillevy@mac.com, or go to www.MCVrides.com.