Jonathon Cote was a U.S. Army Airborne Veteran from Western NY who served in Afghanistan & Iraq. He 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.
Jonathon loved riding his motorcycle. Therefore every year in August, Jon’s family and friends organize a memorial a motorcycle ride and fundraising event in his honor. This year’s event is on Sunday, August 6th, 2017. Proceeds from this event will fund 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 10:30am 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 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 and a meal!
We are proud to have Jon’s cousins, the Mombrea Brothers Band, playing live music at the after party. There will be food, drinks, prize basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, silent auctions, memorial T-shirts, and bracelets for sale. This event has raised $7,500 for scholarships, and $32,500 for WNY Heroes Inc., and grows every year in size with over 170 motorcycles participating last year. We appreciate all the community support over these past eight years and hope to make this ninth 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.