Motorcycles and motorcycle rallies have always gone hand in hand with charitable organizations. Many of the most popular events at rallies like Thunder Beach benefit various charities around the area. Poker Runs, a perennial favorite, are all done with the purpose of helping those less fortunate than you and I. The staff of Thunder Beach salutes all of the charitable organizations and the many bikers & enthusiasts that give back so much to our community!
To provide short term emergency assistance to people in need who live on Panama City Beach, and to refer clients to other social service agencies in Bay county where their specialized needs require long-term assistance. We serve the working poor, the seasonally unemployed, the homeless and hungry of the beach community.
More than motorcycles. We are more than bike riders. We believe that we are role models and share a responsibility and positive value system with our community. Wherever you see us feel free to come up and speak. Ask us about our motorcycles but more importantly ask about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and our commitment to further their legacy.
Christian Motorcycle Association's Mission is to inspire our leaders and members to be the most organized, advanced, equipped, financially stable organization, full of integrity in the motorcycling industry and the Kingdom of God. Be sure to stop by Sunday morning at Frank Brown Park, for The Blessing of The Bikes.
Cops For Kids, one of the highpoints of every Thunder Beach Rally, is the gathering of hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts for the Kevin Kight Memorial Parade. The event has special significance to the Panama City Beach community as it serves to memorialize a fallen local hero and provides much needed assistance to deserving children in the community.
The parade is named in honor of Kevin Kight, a Panama City Beach police officer who tragically lost his life in the line of duty while making a traffic stop on Front Beach Road on March 27, 2005. A small stone plaque now stands at the spot where Kight was killed. He leaves his wife Christina and his young son, Brandon. Parade participants and onlookers alike band together at the event to raise food and monetary donations that are given to local food banks serving needy families throughout the Bay County area through the Cops and Kids program.
The Parade always occurs on each Saturday during the Spring and Fall events. The festivities kick off at 10:45 as riders line up on Middle Beach Road just west of Beckrich. All are welcome to participate in this moving and worthwhile event.
Defenders MC is a fraternal motorcycle club for active and retired law enforcement, emergency services, military and public safety professionals. Our goal is to promote solidarity through the sport of motorcycling and brotherhood. Proceeds from the Thunder Beach poker runs benefit Project 25.
Haven Recovery Center
Rebuilding Lives. Strengthening Communities.
Two Agencies. One Mission. New Name.
It simply makes sense.
The mission of Haven Recovery Center is to provide successful treatment and advocacy for adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Fire and Iron is a group of Firefighters and other people associated with the fire service who love to ride and have a good time. The club prides itself in its effort to support various organizations along with other clubs. Each member of Fire and Iron is either an active, retired or volunteer member of the fire service community. In addition to firefighters we welcome paramedics, EMTs, dispatchers, inspectors and mechanics of the fire service who share a passion for not only protecting the lives of the citizens of their community but also for the open road. Thunder Beach Poker run proceeds benefit Camp Amigo.
- To promote motorcycle safety.
- To project a positive image of motorcycling.
- To enjoy the fraternity of FireFighters.
- To engage exclusively in social, charitable and educational activities directed at increasing the general understanding of, enjoyment of, competency, sportsmanship and participation in the sport of Motorcycling.
Relevate Church is more than just a local church we are a global church reaching to the remote parts of the world where people have not yet had the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are presently penetrating the Northern Regions of Ghana West Africa where we currently have four Churches and one Ministry Training Center.
The Shriners are committed to community service and have been instrumental in countless public projects throughout their domain. Most notably known for building and supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a network of twenty-two hospitals in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Originally built to treat young victims of polio, but as vaccines improved, the Shriners expanded to help other sick children . A giant portion of their work involves pediatric cases, most especially with orthopedic injuries and terminal diseases and burns. There is never a charge for medical care regardless of race, creed, or national origin. Thunder Beach is proud to be associated with such an organization and is happy to have them as a sponsor of one of the Poker Runs. Proceeds benefit Shands Burn Center for Children.