~About Us~
After the loss of "Biker Jim", as with the loss of Tom, their friends and fellow bikers
were drawn together and organized an annual ride in his name,
"The Biker Jim
Memorial Ride".
 It was decided this event would be hosted by one of the three
H.O.G. Chapters, alternating each year between Bourbeuse Valley, Gateway and
Kirkwood.
 Although the primary proceeds from the first ride, hosted by the Gateway
Chapter, were donated to The Alliance for the Mentally Ill, a large amount of money
was also donated by friends and family to
The Biker Fund.

As the support for The Biker Fund increased, it became evident that control of the
fund should be a joint responsibility of the three chapters working together.  As a
result, a Board of Directors which included members of each chapter was organized
along with the addition of the McBride name to The Biker Fund...thus,
The
Hartbauer/McBride Memorial Foundation
was born.

In 1998, the decision was to combine both memorial rides into one event for the sole
support of The Foundation and The Biker Fund.  Over the years, The Foundation has
provided assistance to many motorcyclists who for various reasons found themselves
between a rock and a hard place.  

In an effort to broaden the scope of The Foundation and better serve the motorcycle
community, more changes were necessary.  Beginning in 2003, The Board of Directors
was expanded to include representatives from other Motorcycle Clubs, H.O.G.
Chapters, and organizations from the Greater St. Louis Bi-State area.  Along with the
expansion of The Board of Directors, The Foundation also invited various other
representatives to take an active role in promoting and assisting The Foundation and
our events with their support.

On May 28th, 2003 The Foundation became exempt from Federal Income Tax under Sec. 501 {c}
{3} of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions are deductible under Sec. 170 of the Code and
The Foundation is qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises or gifts under Sec. 2055, 2106
and/or 2522 of the Code.
With another anniversary fast approaching, and bold new plans and events for the
future of
The Biker Fund, we thought it would be a good time to tell the story of how
it all began: To explain what The Foundation has done in the past, what we hope it will
continue to do in the future, and for those who do not know who
Hartbauer and
McBride
were and why The Foundation is in memory of them.
Tom Hartbauer was the director of the Bourbeuse Valley H.O.G. Chapter and conceived
the idea of establishing a fund to help fellow motorcyclists in our community with direct
assistance in a time of true hardship and need. Not as a charity, but more simply a helping
hand...
Bikers Helping Bikers.  However, Tom never saw his idea become a reality, as he
lost his life in a head-on collision with a drunk driver in 1987.  It was in his memory and
with his idea that the Bourbeuse Valley H.O.G. Chapter initiated the beginning of
The
Biker Fund
with an annual event known as "The Hartbauer Ride".
As the biker community became more aware of the fund, "The Hartbauer Ride"
drew more participation support from other local H.O.G. Chapters, Motorcycle Clubs,
Organizations and individuals, at which time the fund began to grow under the control
of the
Bourbeuse Valley Chapter.  The fund provided assistance to several
motorcyclists and in 1993 the guidelines were broadened somewhat to provide
assistance to local flood victims.
"Biker Jim" McBride was a very unique fellow biker and close friend to everyone
who knew him. To say he had many friends would be an understatement. "Biker Jim"
was a member of three area H.O.G. Chapters and became an avid supporter of the
Hartbauer Ride and The Biker Fund.  "Biker Jim" also lost his life to a tragedy in 1994
at the hands of his mentally ill son.
Jim McBride
Tom Hartbauer
Hartbauer/McBride Foundation     
            
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"Bikers Helping Bikers"     Est. 1986 & Inc. 1997