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Camp Quality Texas presented $18,000 from Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club +VIDEO

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HOUSTON (April 1) -- A large number of members from the Deacons of Deadwood Motorcycle Club received a hero's welcome at Camp Quality Texas Saturday when they rode into the picturesque Forest Glen campgrounds just southeast of Huntsville to deliver a charitable donation in the amount of $18,000.

Campers, parents and faculty members alike were gathered outside in anticipation of the Deacons arrival, and the kids soon lined up to take rides on the various motorcycles filling the campground. Deacon liaison David Reed then presented Camp Director Stephanie Weber with the big check, one of several the charity-minded motorcycle club distributes each year. A registered 501(c)(3) charity, the Deacons of Deadwood have distributed more than $2.2 million to Houston-area charities since its inception in 2002.

"We are incredibly grateful for the continued support from the Deacons of Deadwood," Weber said. "Without their financial support each year we wouldn't be able to give so many campers the week they look forward to for so long.

"Our campers always cherish the opportunity to meet these wonderful men and even take little rides around the camp on their motorcycles. Even those campers not strong enough to sit up were able to join in the fun in a sidecar. What a wonderful day."

Camp Quality Texas is a summer camping experience and year-round support program for children with cancer. Many difficult physical and emotional challenges face a child, and his or her family, when battling cancer. Camp Quality Texas has developed "Smile Therapy," so that with a laugh in their hearts and smiles on their faces, campers find themselves capable of more than they may have dreamed possible.

The Deacons of Deadwood M/C boasts a diverse membership of executives and blue-collar workers bonded by a love of motorcycles and donating their time and talents to bettering their community.

"The Deacons of Deadwood have been supporting Camp Quality Texas for five years now and have spent a lot of time with the kids at various events," Reed said. "They truly have a family atmosphere with all of the campers and it is so exciting for us to ride up to the camp and see the smiles on the kid's faces. This makes all of the hard work so worthwhile to even brighten their day for a moment."

In 2017, the Deacons of Deadwood are proudly supporting Camp Quality, Child Advocates, Archway Academy, Children At Risk, Addi's Faith, Joe Joe Bear, Casa de Esparanza, Devereux Foundation, Mission Bend Christian Academy, Dream League, and Boys and Girls Country.