Stash's Cafe, 95 Pequot Avenue, New London, CT
The Big Red Memorial Fund is hosting the sixth annual Big Red Memorial Motorcycle Poker Run. Registration will begin at 10 am at Stash’s Café in New London and includes breakfast. The registration fee is $20 for rider and $30 for rider and passenger. Non motorcyclists are welcome too. Upon registration each participant will receive a poker form then go to each of the five participating bars and draw a card to add to their poker hand. The five participating bars are Stash’s in New London, Hooties in Pawcatuck, Smokey O’Grady’s in East Lyme, Brown Derby in Montville and Christopher’s’ in Groton. All participants are asked to convene at Christopher’s Café in Groton at 4:00 for a barbeque, raffles, poker prizes and live music by Mind, Body & Soul.
All proceeds will benefit the Big Red Memorial Fund to help disadvantaged children of New London County play in organized sports.
This event is in memory of Cory “Big Red” Milton who was killed instantly in a car accident nearly six years ago at the young age of 19. He had just graduated from Fitch High School in Groton and was attending Baran’s Institute of Technology’s motorcycle technician program.
During his time at Fitch, Cory’s proudest achievement was to be a member of their football team for 4 years. Cory was 6 feet 3 inches tall and 300 pounds with bright red hair; he was often called a gentle giant but best known as “Big Red”. His build made him an ideal lineman, but he often held some reservation about hurting his opponent. He truly was a gentle giant. In youth football, he’d tell his mother and father, “I don’t want to hurt anyone. I am so much bigger than they are.”
Being a member of the Fitch High School football team was an honor for Cory. When he put that uniform on, he would swell with pride to be a part of such a celebrated and respected team. Cory wasn’t a star athlete. He was just thrilled to be there and play when he got the opportunity.
Cory loved all sports and during his childhood years in Groton he played baseball, basketball, golf, football, ice hockey and participated in track and field events. Again, in each case, he loved to be part of the team and participate in the sport.
With this, his parents and brother; Gary, Kelly, and Ryan Milton, have set up the Big Red Memorial Fund with proceeds benefiting children who cannot afford to play youth sports. This fund is used for registration, equipment, and other costs associated with youth athletic team sports for children in New London County. Since 2007 the Fund has helped children participate in baseball, softball, basketball, swimming, fencing, track, football, cheerleading and soccer.
The Fund has additionally helped Groton Mystic Youth Football, New London Youth Football, New London Babe Ruth, Groton Babe Ruth, Groton Youth Soccer, Fitch High School Football, Fitch High School Fencing, Fitch High School Track, Ledyard Football, Groton Parks Recreation, and Waterford Basketball. The Big Red Fund has also helped send a few children to cheerleading camp and soccer camp.
This event coincides with what would have been Cory Milton’s 25th birthday. Please join the Big Red Memorial Motorcycle Run on June 2nd to celebrate Cory’s life and make a donation to a charity that will help as many children as possible participate in sports programs that they may not have been able to afford otherwise.