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8th Annual Jonathon Cote Memorial Motorcycle Fundraiser Taking Place This Sunday At The Lewiston Stone House

by ccrane
Thu, Aug 4th 2016 03:00 pm

Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army Veteran from Western New York who was taken hostage, along with four others, while working as a private security contractor in Iraq on November 16th, 2006. He was held captive/missing for 523 days before his body was flown home to us in Buffalo on April 28th, 2008.

Family and friends of Jon have organized a motorcycle ride and fundraising event in his honor on August 7th, 2016. The have created this event to raise money for an annual $1,000 scholarship for a student of Williamsville North High School in Jon's memory. Additional funds will be donated to WNY Heroes, in order to help them serve and support our WNY military heroes and their families.

Sign-in for the motorcycle ride will begin at 10am in front of Williamsville North High School at the horseshoe entrance on Dodge Road, near Jon's memorial tree and plaque. Sign-in will end at 12:30pm, followed by an informational rider meeting. We will leave the school with a police escort at 1pm on a 1.5 hour scenic route that will end at The Lewiston Stone House (755 Center Street, Lewiston, NY) at approximately 2:30pm. The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Everyone will receive a lapel pin, vehicle decal for participating, and a free meal.

Even if you don't have a motorcycle or can't participate in the ride—please join us at The Lewiston Stone House at 2:30pm when the motorcycles will arrive for the party. Just $10 for entry, lapel pin & a meal! For more information on the party, please contact the Lewiston Stone House at 754-7759. 


Jon's cousins, the Mombrea Brothers Band, will be performing live music. There will be food, drinks, prize basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions. This event has raised $6,500 for scholarships, and $22,500 for WNY Heroes Inc., and grows every year in size with over 150 motorcycles participating last year. The family appreciates all of the community support over these past seven years, and hope to make this eighth year even more memorable. They look forward to seeing everyone there, so please spread the word to family and friends. With your help we can continue this successful event and keep Jon's spirit alive. 

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