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Local riding group Lords of Ventus donated $2,209 to the Beatrice Rotary Club for use at Veterans Memorial Park.

The money was raised at the Lord of Ventus Cage Free Bike Fair motorcycle show and ride on July 14. Brandy Esterline, Lord of Ventus historian, said that the Beatrice Chamber of Commerce approached them to put on the bike show

“We wanted to do something to give back to our community. The chamber had talked to us about doing a bike show,” Esterline said. "So we worked with the chamber and decided we wanted to do something to help locally, but also nationally.”

Lords of Ventus is a riding group that aims to give back to the military, veterans and their families according to vice president Luke Starkey.

Verdella Vetorovsky, Rotary member and Co-chair of the Veterans Memorial Park project, said that the money will go towards getting three new statues for the park.

She has been wanting to buy three new statues for the park and found a couple options. She said that the Rotary Club has been in contact with a sculptor that does Vietnam sculptures.

Although it will take more than $2,000 for a new statue to be put into the park, this donation by the Lords of Ventus is a great help, according to the Rotary Club.

Anyone can donate and Vetorovsky said they are also taking inscriptions, as well. According to Vetorovsky, a statue for the park would cost about $80,000 or more.

The rest of the money raised at the bike show will be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Starkey said that since they are a family-based group, they wanted to do anything they could to give back to children.

“That’s something that hits hard with all of us," said Starkey. 

The Lords of Ventus plan on doing another show next summer, where proceeds will be donated as well. There are no set plans yet, but Starkey and Esterline say that they hope to get something going for another July show.

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