A dinner and dance fund-raiser on Saturday to benefit Oasis Children’s Advocacy Center is already a great success, the sponsoring group’s president said.
Tickets have sold out for the dinner, but there are still raffle tickets left, according to Randy Rhue, Clovis chapter president of the Blue Knights, which is hosting the event. Rhue estimates about $2,000 has already been raised, and said the raffles will contribute additional funds.
The Blue Knights is an international motorcycle association of retired and active law enforcement officers.
After receiving its charter in June, the Clovis chapter decided to designate a charity to sponsor and settled quickly on Oasis, said Rhue, a former state police officer. Oasis staff conducts forensic interviews of children who have witnessed or been victims of abuse and violent crimes.
“Law enforcement people understand more than anybody how important (Oasis) is for children who are victims of crime, and Oasis is that bridge that helps the children get through the process,” Rhue said.
He said the group will continue to support Oasis “until they no longer need us — and they always will,” adding as the group grows, members hope to support more causes, with the goal to have one fund-raiser a month.
With 36 members drawn from Curry, Quay and Guadelupe counties, the Clovis Blue Knights chapter represents a smattering of law enforcement agencies, according to Rhue.
In addition to a history of police work, members share an enthusiasm for motorcycles.
Their next plan is to teach a skills course for motorcycle riders, Rhue said, and the details are being worked out.
The Blue Knights also try to have fun, Rhue said.
“We do a lot of fun things. We just get out and ride — you have to have enthusiasm for motorcycle riding. It’s a camaraderie that police officers have. If you’re a police officer, you’re a police officer and the camaraderie is important.”