Local resident rallies bikers, supporters to 'Ride for Lee’s Summit'

Aug. 31 event will benefit Lee’s Summit Social Services to address current shortages

A local resident is putting on his helmet and encouraging bikers and community members to take a ride for a local charity.

Robert Buchanan, a Lee’s Summit resident and military veteran, is organizing the Saturday, Aug. 31 Ride for Lee’s Summit, a 100-mile bike ride spanning from Lee’s Summit to Pleasant Hill, Lexington, north of Oak Grove and finishing at Fringe Beerworks in downtown Lee’s Summit.

Organizers are asking for donations to benefit LSSS, a local nonprofit that runs a daily food pantry and offers financial assistance to families in need in and around Lee’s Summit. Lee’s Summit Social Services is currently experiencing a deficit from the summer months, which Buchanan said prompted him to plan this event.

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“Several weeks ago, I was attending a charity ride for suicide awareness,” he said. “It occurred to me that I could, with the assistance of the Lee’s Summit Masonic Lodge #263, host such an event for the benefit of our community. Lee’s Summit has become my home and I wanted to give back. I have worked with Social Services in the past and instantly knew I wanted my efforts to go there.”

The ride will leave the Masonic Lodge, 2409 S. 291 Highway, Lee’s Summit, at 10 a.m. Aug. 31.

Buchanan is encouraging riders and donors to monetarily give to LSSS or donate food, personal hygiene items or even volunteer time at the Thrift Shop.

“The hope is to make this an annual event to help them start their winter season off on the right foot,” he said.

Social Services Director Matt Sanning said it is through the giving of people like Robert Buchanan that keeps his doors open.

“Our community partners are our lifeblood,” Sanning said. “When they take the time to plan events like this, it truly shows the spirit of this community.”

For more information, visit on the Ride for Lee’s Summit, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/491411968294576/.

The ride route can be found here: https://calimoto.com/en/motorcycle-trip-planner.