By Chris Oggerino
“Moms on the Run” was founded eighteen years ago; shortly after the Pinocchio family was affected by breast cancer. Since being founded, the Moms charity has generated over four and a half million dollars in fundraising and helped over fifty thousand women. Moms on the Run is focused on helping women affected by breast and gynecological cancers and provides patients with rides to and from treatment, mortgage assistance, wigs and more.
When asked about the their efforts, Moms on the Run founder, Barbara Pinocchio, said, “It feels good to give.” Co-founder JP is often heard saying, “It’s not about what you get, it’s about what you give.” This was exactly what he said at the prime rib dinner on Saturday night May 19th, which kicks off the Ride for the Tatas. According to Barbara and JP, this excellent charity delivers 95% of revenue to the women who need it.
Arriving at the Reno Ballroom in downtown Reno, we picked up a packet of goodies that included a poker card, some raffle entries and a few other nice little swag items. Entering the large room, we found several tables of silent auction items and a beautiful bright yellow Ducati ST4 to be auctioned. After viewing items on display and talking with friends, it was time for dinner and then the auction. Not at all surprising, considering the Pinocchio family runs a local restaurant/bar called Pinocchios, the food was really great. Knowing Sunday’s ride starts early, after the auction, it was time to head home for the evening.
Sunday’s ride started off with bikes lining up in the downtown Reno courthouse parking lot. There was a very nice rendition of our national anthem and then it was time to parade through town, under the Reno Arch and off on our adventure. We jumped on I-80, headed south on Route 580 (used to be the 395), and then proceeded up 341 towards Virginia City, which is a favorite for local motorcycle riders. 341 is a smooth, winding road that takes you back in time to the silver mining days of the old west.
Our first stop was at the Bucket of Blood Saloon, where we got our first poker card, dropped off a raffle ticket and headed back out to the bikes to continue on our journey. Having concerns about possible weather rolling in, we decided to forego hanging out in Virginia City this time and continued on to Carson City and our next stop at Battle Born Harley-Davidson.
Battle Born H-D welcomed all the riders and had a nice bar where we had some refreshments. After this, we continued on and hit a couple other stops on the ride. As we rode around the back of Washoe Lake, on East Lake Blvd, the scenery was seriously beautiful with horses, deer and views of the lake along the way, and the mountains everywhere. Our route finished at the Washoe Camp saloon.
Washoe Camp was a great place to relax with a live band, in and outdoor seating and great prices on drinks, good service and a bunch of like-minded people. I’m looking forward to next year’s ride already as this was a really great way to help out the community.