Crawfish, hamburgers, music and a little sunshine — Saturday afternoon was a good time to roll into Horny Toad Harley-Davidson in Temple. A lot of motorcycle riders and passenger car drivers did just that for the 10th annual Crawfest, promoting Bikers Against Child Abuse.
George Lee, owner of the dealership, said BACA is well-connected with the riding community.
“They bring us a really good group of people,” he said. “Their head and their heart is in the right place. They support the causes that we support.”
Both the Temple dealership and Horny Toad Harley-Davidson Fort Hood in Harker Heights support summer camp programs for children, he said.
Pumba, president of BACA’s Waco chapter, said the Temple motorcycle dealership sponsored the fest, and donated the proceeds to them.
“They’ve been great to us,” he said. “They’ve almost turned the dealership over to us.”
Wind may have kept some bikers away, he said, but the turnout was still good.
“I’m born and raised in New Orleans, so I’m the official crawfish chef,” he said.
He boils the crawfish, and then soaks them in cayenne pepper and spices.
“This recipe I use has been handed down for years in my family,” he said.
BACA has 28 chapters in Texas, he said, and helps children all over the state.
“We support each other,” he said. “Our motto is: One BACA.”
“We’re not counselors,” he said. “We empower them to go to court and stand up and tell what the bad guy did, without having to be afraid. We don’t condone violence, but … if you’re going to hurt that child you better believe you’re going to go through us to do it.”
Bling Bling, president of the Five Hills BACA chapter in Copperas Cove, said their hamburgers, hot dogs and Italian sausages were going for a donation.
“It goes toward our kids’ campout,” she said. “We take all of our BACA kids camping every year.”
BACA empowers abused children, she said.
“A lot of times, their perpetrators are family members,” she said. “We come to give them their power back, just by showing up and being there.”
Two primaries are assigned to each child, she said. The child can call their primary seven days a week.
BACA has had an understanding with Child Protective Services since 2012, she said, and the two organizations make referrals to one another.
“We have to work together in the community,” she said.