Free Jonathon Cote

6th Annual Memorial
Motorcycle Ride & Fundraiser

Sunday, August 17th 2014

Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army Veteran from Western NY who was taken hostage, along with 4 others, while working as a private security contractor in Iraq on Nov. 16th, 2006. He was held captive/missing for 523 days before his body was found & flown home to us in Buffalo on April 28th, 2008.

Family & friends of Jon, have organized a motorcycle ride & fund raising event in his honor on Sunday, August 17th, 2014. 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. Any additional funds will be donated to WNY Heroes in order to help them serve and support our WNY military heroes & their families. Over the past 5 years, we have donated $9,500 to WNY Heroes, $3,000 to, and awarded $3,500 in scholarships!

Sign in for the memorial ride will begin at 11:00 AM in front of Williamsville North High School at the horseshoe entrance on Dodge Road, near Jon’s memorial tree & plaque. Sign in will end at 12:30 PM and will be followed by an informational rider meeting. The cost is $20 per driver and $10 per passenger. Each person will receive a lapel pin & vehicle decal for participating, a free meal, and a pamphlet with information about Jon and the event. We plan to leave the school at 1:00 PM on a scenic 1.5 hour route that will end at the De La Casa restaurant (1437 Ridge Road, Lewiston, NY 14092). All makes & models of motorcycles are welcome! If you do not have a motorcycle or cannot participate in the ride, you are more than welcome to join us at De La Casa at 2:30 PM when all the motorcycles arrive.

We are proud to have Jon's cousins the Mombrea Brothers Band performing live music. There will be food, drinks prize basket raffles, a 50/50 raffle, and silent auctions. This event has raised $3,000 for scholarships, $3,000 for, and $9,500 for WNY Heroes Inc. This event grows every year in size with over 150 motorcycles participating. We appreciate all the community support over the past 5 years, and look forward to making this 6th year even more successful. We need your help to continue this event's success and look forward to seeing you there to make it memorable and keep Jon's spirit alive. If you have any questions, you may send an e-mail to or visit WWW.FREECOTE.COM

For updated information please visit the Facebook event page

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.

oshua Munns, Jonathon Cote, John Young, Bert Nussbaumer, and Paul Reuben.

Joshua Munns, Jonathon Cote, John Young, Bert Nussbaumer, and Paul Reuben.

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