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Members of Concord's Steel Rain Motorcycle Club, from left to right, John "Joker" Silver, Roger "Odie" Odom and Scott "Gunner" Hoffman, are putting on a benefit Saturday in Gastonia for fellow military veteran Robert Kanipe. 

John “Joker” Silver started Steel Rain Motorcycle Club in 2011 with the intention of giving back to the community.

Silver and Roger “Odie” Odom, who served in the Army National Guard, have been with the Concord club since its inception.

Their passion, following their time in the military, is to help their fellow veterans.

“Back in 2011, when we decided to start this, this is what it was going to be all about, to find a way to help local veterans – the guy next door who may need some help,” said Silver, the club’s president. “Impact locally, impact often. We try to find as many people as we can and do what we can to try and help them.”

The motorcycle club learned about the story of Robert Kanipe, who served in the United States Army during Desert Storm.

Kanipe, who is from Cliffside, North Carolina, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last November, and had it removed in December.

He had a job as a truck driver to support his family. However, since the operation he had his CDL license suspended.

To assist with some of the family’s funds, the Steel Rain Motorcycle Club raised $2,000 by selling barbeque plates in March.

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Robert Kanipe

“He was there hanging out and was in tears,” said Scott “Gunner” Hoffman, the Steel Rain Motorcycle Club’s Sergeant At Arms. “He couldn’t believe that people he didn’t know would do that. We just wanted to help out a local veteran.”

Since then, Kanipe learned he had a tumor in his kidney.

The Steel Rain Motorcycle Club is putting on a Dice Run on July 27, starting at the Dixie Drifter Clubhouse in Gastonia. The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, but incoming inclement weather postponed it.

All of the proceeds are going to Kanipe’s family. Registration fee is $10 and each additional hand is $5.

“He’s a vet, and that’s primarily who we support,” Hoffman said. “If we can find somebody local, we definitely want to do that.”

Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the last motorcycle leaves the lot by noon.

For more information on the Steel Rain Motorcycle Dice Run, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/610244429485738/

The Steel Rain Motorcycle Club makes it a mission to serve veterans around the area with many fundraisers throughout the year.

The club does annual barbeques, car and bike shows and fun rides that all benefit local veterans. They even went to an assisted living facility and “adopted” a veteran and gave them gifts.

“We ride and we wanted to belong to a club that does that,” Silver said. “That’s what we wanted to do outside of our day-to-day jobs. We wanted something where we could ride and help veterans at the same time.”

When one event ends, Silver said they are looking for the next veteran to help.

 “We will spend months to plan an event,” he said. “If we go out and do these rides in 90 degrees, it’s fun for us, but we get to turn back around and give back. We know that we helped somebody that didn’t have that help yesterday.”

John “Joker” Silver started Steel Rain Motorcycle Club in 2011 with the intention of giving back to the community.

Silver and Roger “Odie” Odom, who served in the Army National Guard, have been with the Concord club since its inception.

Their passion, following their time in the military, is to help their fellow veterans.

“Back in 2011, when we decided to start this, this is what it was going to be all about, to find a way to help local veterans – the guy next door who may need some help,” said Silver, the club’s president. “Impact locally, impact often. We try to find as many people as we can and do what we can to try and help them.”

The motorcycle club learned about the story of Robert Kanipe, who served in the United States Army during Desert Storm.

Kanipe, who is from Cliffside, North Carolina, was diagnosed with a brain tumor last November, and had it removed in December.

He had a job as a truck driver to support his family. However, since the operation he had his CDL license suspended.

Christina Kanipe, Robert Kanipe’s daughter, said her father is in danger of losing his home and he constantly fights with depression.

“He’s undergone two major surgeries since October and it’s not stopping,” Christina Kanipe said. “He’s having some major issues and the VA (Veteran’s Affairs) is not doing very much at all to help him.”

To assist with some of the family’s funds, the Steel Rain Motorcycle Club raised $2,000 by selling barbeque plates in March.

“He was there hanging out and was in tears,” said Scott “Gunner” Hoffman, the Steel Rain Motorcycle Club’s Sergeant At Arms. “He couldn’t believe that people he didn’t know would do that. We just wanted to help out a local veteran.”

Since then, Kanipe learned he had a tumor in his kidney.

The Steel Rain Motorcycle Club is putting on a Dice Run on Saturday, starting at the Dixie Drifter Clubhouse in Gastonia. If it rains, the make-up date will be July 27.

All of the proceeds are going to Kanipe’s family. Registration fee is $10 and each additional hand is $5.

“He’s a vet, and that’s primarily who we support,” Hoffman said. “If we can find somebody local, we definitely want to do that.”

Registration starts at 11 a.m. and the last motorcycle leaves the lot by noon.

For more information on the Steel Rain Motorcycle Dice Run, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/610244429485738/

Christina Kanipe said the motorcycle club even took time Wednesday to drive to Cliffside to visit her father.

“I didn’t expect anyone to do anything,” she said. “To me, he’s my dad and it’s my responsibility. They’ve reached out and helped so much, it’s insane.”

The Steel Rain Motorcycle Club makes it a mission to serve veterans around the area with many fundraisers throughout the year.

The club does annual barbeques, car and bike shows and fun rides that all benefit local veterans. They even went to an assisted living facility and “adopted” a veteran and gave them gifts.

“We ride and we wanted to belong to a club that does that,” Silver said. “That’s what we wanted to do outside of our day-to-day jobs. We wanted something where we could ride and help veterans at the same time.”

When one event ends, Silver said they are looking for the next veteran to help.

 “We will spend months to plan an event,” he said. “If we go out and do these rides in 90 degrees, it’s fun for us, but we get to turn back around and give back. We know that we helped somebody that didn’t have that help yesterday.”

The Steel Rain Motorcycle Club will put on its next fun ride on June 22 at RideNow Powersports in Concord.

Hoffman said they have about six fun rides throughout the year that benefits six different charities.

“All the work you put in, when you see part of the community come together to help somebody they don’t know, it reminds you that there is still that humanity in society,” Hoffman said.

To learn more about Steel Rain Motorcycle Club and its initiative, visit https://www.steelrainmc.com/ or check out its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/steelrainmc.

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