RIVERVIEW — Parti Patti has helped raise more than $52,000 for the Children’s Home Society in memory of her best friend, who was killed in a motorcycle homicide case several years ago. She has emceed benefits for the AmVets Post 44 in Brandon, for Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 11 in Valrico and served as DJ for numerous other charities throughout the region.
Now, the community is giving back to her. Parti Patti, or Patti Alley, was involved in a motorcycle accident on Gibsonton Drive on Aug. 10 when she swerved to avoid a woman standing in the middle of the dark road early that morning. She sustained numerous injuries and after being thrown from her motorcycle, it was hit by another car and totalled.
Alley is now home recovering, as her friends in the motorcycle world and from the various charities she has helped, rally to her aide.
They have planned a benefit for Sept. 8 at CJ’s Saloon in Riverview to raise money for her living expenses while she heals.
“Everybody immediately wanted to get together and do this for her,” said Marilyn Menendez, a longtime friend of Alley’s who is helping plan the benefit. “This has been years she has been giving, emceeing bike nights all over the region, doing all kinds of veterans’ and children’s charity events. Now, it’s our turn to give to her.”
Numerous local motorcycle publications, including Full Throttle Magazine, Menendez’s employer, have donated space to announce the benefit. A couple of radio DJs are donating their time and bands have signed up to play during the party.
CJ’s Saloon will donate a portion of its profits for the day as will the four food trucks scheduled to participate, Menendez said.
“We have got seven bands scheduled and ... over 3,000 invited,” said Robin Law, another friend of Alley’s planning the fund-raiser. “And that’s not including the motorcycle magazine ads and the people they’ll draw. I think it’s going to be a huge event, which makes me nervous,” Law said with a laugh.
The good news is that the other businesses near CJ’s Saloon are closed on Sunday, so they’ll have the entire parking lot for the event, where they will set up tents and have ample parking.
There will be 50/50 drawings, other drawings throughout the afternoon, a silent auction and a live auction, said Law, who has worked with Alley to raise money through the Iron Mike Foundation for the Children’s Home Society.
“I have not set a specific goal for the benefit,” Law said, “but I want to make sure, at least, that we get enough to cover a month to two months worth of household bills for her.”
Alley said she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from her friends and the larger community. “I am unbelievably grateful for everything everyone is doing. I’m not used to being on the receiving end. I look at how many bikers we’ve lost over the years. It’s kind of hard to swallow, but God bless my friends doing this for me.”