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Kobi’s annual bike show benefits Vaughn-Trent

Kobi’s Bar and Grill Bike Show, pictured, raised more than $2,000 to benefit Vaughn-Trent Community Services. Now in its 17th year, the event featured a bike judging contest, raffle and silent auction.

Kobi’s Bar and Grill Bike Show, pictured, raised more than $2,000 to benefit Vaughn-Trent Community Services. Now in its 17th year, the event featured a bike judging contest, raffle and silent auction.

October 1, 2009

Bikers swarmed onto Bonner Springs Saturday, Sept. 19 to attend the Kobi’s Bar and Grill Bike Show and support a local charity organization.

In its 17th year, the Kobi’s bike show was able to raise $2,625 for Vaughn-Trent Community Services.

“This community really comes together,” said Kobi’s chef John Ozga about the event. “It’s nice to see everyone coming together for a single cause.”

The annual event featured two live bands, a burn-out pit for those wanting to show off their bike’s power, a bike judging contest, raffle tickets and silent and live auctions. Each activity at the event brought in money adding to the event’s collective earnings.

Carol Geary, director of Vaughn-Trent, said she was appreciative of the bar’s support of another local entity.

“It is just so awesome,” she said.

Throughout the day, Kobi’s owner Vicki Kobialka said about 1,000 people joined in the fun. There were 72 bikes registered for the contest, but as a whole, more than 500 bikes showed up at the event.

While the proceeds for the bike show usually go to a needy family with a disabled or terminally ill child, Kobialka said this year she wanted the money to stay closer to home and help as many people as possible.

Charlie Thomas, chairperson of the Vaughn-Trent board of directors, said it was a fantastic event, and the donation was much needed.

“It’s been a tough year,” he said of Vaughn-Trent’s financial struggles related to the economy. “This group decided to support Vaughn-Trent this year because of the increased need.”

At the event, Kobi’s hired a professional photographer to not only chronicle the activities going on, but many of the pictures will be used to make a Kobi’s calendar. All proceeds from calendars sold will go to Vaughn-Trent. The calendar is expected to be ready mid-October.

“They’ve just gone above and beyond,” Geary said.

“Bikers are just givers,” Kobialka responded.

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