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Hundreds of bikers ride and raise money
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Drivers traveling from Port Arthur to Beaumont Saturday afternoon might have seen something unusual, nuns leading hundreds of bikers down the road.
"It's just a big biker community event," Wes Guidry said.
The group was riding for a cause as part of the B.J. Stelly Memorial Bike Blessing and Nun Run at the Port Arthur International Seafarer's Center.
"Most of the money here goes to charity here, so we you know, thought we'd come down here and help out," Sharla Whitman said.
"Such a great feeling to see everyone get together to support two great causes, Children's Miracle Network and the Seafarer Center. We're all coming together and raising funds together as a community," Christus Health Foundation development specialist Jade Rayburn said.
The bikers rode on land to benefit people on the water.
"The fact that they are willing to join us, to help us welcome the tens of thousands of merchant sailors in our community is a great support for us," Father Sinclair Oubre, the executive director of the Port Arthur International Seafarer's Center, said.
The fundraising effort kicked off with a prayer, followed by a blessing of the bikes and a ride led by two nuns from Port Arthur to Christus Hospital St.Elizabeth's Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont.
"Then we let everyone go for the Yahtzee Run and they'll visit a number of different stops then return back here," Oubre said.
The center that normally welcomes thousands of merchant sailors each year, instead welcomed a family of bikers supporting a community beyond their own.