ST. GEORGE – Bikers Against Child Abuse, joined with the Kuhn family at their home on Heritage Drive in St. George – referred to by passersby as “the castle” this Christmas season for its extravagant lighted decor – to hold a fundraiser Saturday night for B.A.C.A. efforts in Southern Utah.
“B.A.C.A. is a group of bikers that exist to create a safer environment for abused children,” Utah Chapter President Chris “Shots” Benzington said. “We do whatever it takes, if the family doesn’t have the money for therapy, then we jump in and assist with that therapy money.”
Therapy doesn’t exclusively include therapists, he said, but whatever helps the child overcome past experiences – whether that be karate or football, B.A.C.A will assist in any way they can.
B.A.C.A. became involved with the Kuhn family when Frank Kuhn, the “castle’s” homeowner, contacted B.A.C.A. with an offer of a fundraiser.
“People just dropped off money when they started doing this,” Benzington said, “so he thought this would be a great way to raise money for charity. Now he’s actually riding with us.”
The Kuhn family started this Christmas tradition at their home when Frank Kuhn wanted to take his Christmas decorating above and beyond what everyone else was doing.
“About six years ago, we decided to do Phineas and Ferb characters, just hanging up lights, making it look like they’re decorating our yard, and we had a lot of people come by and we started getting traffic,” Kim Kuhn said. “We decided to make use of it and have a fundraiser to raise money for certain charities, and that started five years ago. The last three years, we’ve been raising money for B.A.C.A. because of what they do for the children in helping them feel empowered and safe in their environment.”
Santa Claus made an appearance, hot dogs and hot chocolate were served, and children could get their faces painted as well.
B.A.C.A. has chapters in seven countries around the world, including the United States, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, France, and Germany. There are 22 members in St. George, and 10 chapters in Utah, according to their website.
Ed. CORRECTION: The fundraiser was held Saturday night.
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