Free Jonathon Cote
8th Annual Memorial
Motorcycle Ride & Fundraiser
Sunday, August 7th 2016
Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army Veteran from Western New York who was taken hostage, along with four others, while working as a private security contractor in Iraq on November 16th, 2006. He was held captive/missing for 523 days before his body was flown home to us in Buffalo on April 28th, 2008.
Family and friends of Jon have organized a motorcycle ride and fundraising event in his honor on August 7th, 2016. We have created this event to raise money for an annual $1,000 scholarship for a student of Williamsville North High School in Jon's memory. Additional funds will be donated to WNY Heroes, in order to help them serve and support our WNY military heroes and their families.
Sign-in for the motorcycle ride will begin at 10am in front of Williamsville North High School at the horseshoe entrance on Dodge Road, near Jon's memorial tree and plaque. Sign-in will end at 12:30pm, followed by an informational rider meeting. We will leave the school with a police escort at 1pm on a 1.5 hour scenic route that will end at The Lewiston Stone House (755 Center Street, Lewiston, NY). The cost is $20 per rider and $10 per passenger. Everyone will receive a lapel pin, vehicle decal for participating, and a free meal.
Even if you don't have a motorcycle or can't participate in the ride—please join us at The Lewiston Stone House at 2:30pm when the motorcycles will arrive for the party. Just $10 for entry, lapel pin & a meal!
We are proud to have Jon's cousins, the Mombrea Brothers Band, performing live music. There will be food, drinks, prize basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, and silent auctions. This event has raised $6,500 for scholarships, and $22,500 for WNY Heroes Inc., and grows every year in size with over 150 motorcycles participating last year. We appreciate all of the community support over these past seven years, and hope to make this eighth year even more memorable. We look forward to seeing everyone there, so please spread the word to family and friends. With your help we can continue this successful event and keep Jon's spirit alive.
Our Effort to Free Five
This website was originally created to provide an unwavering effort to ensure the safe return of Jonathon and the other four hostages to their loved ones and friends. We were disheartened in early 2008 to learn that all five hostages were killed by their captors. Their bodies were returned to their families in March and April of 2008. Our effort is now focused on preserving and honoring Jonathon's memory. In order to turn this tragic event into something positive, we organize events in Jon's honor to raise funds to help our community. Jon may not be here in person, but his spirit and essence live on through the good works we are able to accomplish.
Joshua Munns, Jonathon Cote, John Young, Bert Nussbaumer, and Paul Reuben.
Last updated on Sunday, 08th May, 2016 @ 09:55pm
- 08/07/11 Motorcycle Run to Honor Veteran
- 08/07/11 Motorcycle ride tributes young veteran
- 07/27/11 3rd Annual Jonathon Cote Memorial Motorcycle Ride & Fund Raiser - August 7th, 2011
- 07/24/10 2nd Annual Jonathon Cote Memorial Motorcycle Ride & Fund Raiser - August 22nd, 2010
- 05/03/08 Program for the funeral of Jonathon Cote Memorial Service Pamphlet
- 05/03/08 Eulogy by Francis Cote for Jon - He was a light to us all!
- 05/03/08 Eulogy by Christopher Cote for Jon - We know exactly where he'll be...in our hearts forever until we see him again.
- 04/23/08 Press Conference to be held by the family of deceased U. S. Army Veteran, Jonathon Michael Cote
- 04/11/08 Impact on Other Hostage Family: A letter from Ahmed Jr. pleading not to forget Jon
- 03/29/08 A Prayer for Jon by Christie Mombrea
- 03/25/08 Letter of support and hope to the Cote Family
- 03/18/08 WDCX 99.5 Life FM - Interview by Program Director, Neil Boron Interview with the Cote's (see Blog dtd March 18, 2008)
- 01/21/08 Come Home: Please help his family and friends' efforts to continue putting pressure on the government for answers. Let's all work together to bring Jon home!
- 08/17/07 In Honor of Jon: Jonathon Cote and his four fellow soldiers
- 09/27/07 Iraqi Flier: Appeal to provide any information
- 01/16/07 Burt's Sign: Appeal to pray for Jon