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Area nonprofits get boost from BW Nam Knights


Military, law enforcement group makes donations to local causes


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BW Nam Knights Secretary Ray Nagy, Sgt. at Arms Auggy Hadrich, Wheelin' Team 457 President Ray Brown, Nam Knights Vice President Ed Geocke and President Joe DeLuca pose for photo.

January 02, 2019
TRI-CITY AREA — Spreading some holiday spirit and supporting local causes was at the top of the list for the Blue Water Nam Knights MC.

The club recently presented three Lapeer County nonprofits with donations of $500 each.

A check was presented to Wheelin' Team 457 of North Branch to support its efforts to assist physically challenged individuals with indoor and outdoor recreational activities.

Founded in 2003, Wheelin' Team 457 is located at the American Legion Post 457 in North Branch. Wheelin' Team 457's outreach includes schools, hospitals, businesses, rehabs and municipalities. Team members have earned awards and set local, state and national records. Wheelin' Team 457 marked five years undefeated in the Michigan and Ohio Wheelchair games, and was recently named top team at the Thunder in the Valley Games. Wheelin' Team 457 earned a nomination to the Michigan Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame. The team provides competition at wheelchair sports events and provides local seasonal hunting and fishing events. The team and its members have been featured on outdoor shows, news and media.

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Operation Injured Soldiers also received a $500 donation from the Blue Water Nam Knights MC. The nonprofit helps wounded or disabled vets get back to outdoor recreational activities, like hunting and fishing.

Founded in 2005, Operation Injured Soldiers offers America's wounded and combat tested military veterans recreational opportunities as a way to promote healing and as an expression of gratitude for their service to the nation. "Our vision is that every American military veteran has the opportunity to return to the sports that they enjoyed prior to their service for the purpose of preparing them for a healthier future," the website injuredsoldiers.org states.

The Hispanic Service Center of Imlay City also received a $500 donation from the Blue Water Nam Knights MC. The Center assists Lapeer County with a variety of services including providing a homeless shelter for families, a food pantry, senior citizen services and English as a second language classes.

The Blue Water Nam Knights MC is a nonprofit motorcycle club, comprised of law enforcement and military. The club's mission is to honor and assist veterans and police officers in their time of need, and to promote community awareness through sponsorship and participation in various community and fundraising events.

For more information, find them on Facebook at Blue Water Nam Knights MC.

Catherine Minolli is Managing Editor of the Tri-City Times. She began as a freelance writer with the Times in 1994. She enjoys the country life, including raising ducks and chickens.
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