The lives of two brothers, cut short by cancer and an auto accident, heavily impacted family and friends in 2007 and 2008. The positive impact of their lives however, continues every year as The Annual Memorial Ride in Memory of Brian and Josh Mester grows.
The Mester Memorial Ride has raised over $30,000 through the six years it has been held. Each year the money is donated to local community service organizations, and this year the recipients are Upland Hills Hospice, Mineral Point Fire Department, Mineral Point Rescue and the Mineral Point D.A.R.E. program, supporting public and staff education and new equipment.
“Brian was a hospice patient, and my mother was too,” explained Chris Mester, “so we have chosen to make a donation to Upland Hills Hospice each year since the ride began. Mineral Point Fire and Rescue were there after Josh’s auto accident and unfortunately we have learned how important it is to have these services in our community.” Kristen Mester added, “It is good to be able to donate to these services to help keep them going. We have so many awesome volunteers that don’t get enough credit for what they do. This is our way of supporting them.”
The Memorial Ride is held the last weekend in July and anyone is welcome to join in. It is estimated that over 120 cars, motorcycles, convertibles and a bus made the trek that routed through three Southwest Wisconsin counties last summer. Each year a different route is selected and Chris Mester noted “We really appreciate the help we receive from local authorities along the route to help make it a safe ride.” Watch for posters or search “Mester Brothers Memorial Ride” on Facebook to learn more about this tribute to two brothers.
Presenting donations (left to right): Bill Mester, Chris Mester, Curt Knutson representing the Mineral Point Fire Department, Gabe James, Kristen Mester and Steve McCarthy, Vice President of Operations at Upland Hills Health accepting on behalf of Upland Hills Hospice.
Presenting a donation to Mineral Point Rescue (left to right): Bill Mester, Randy Prochaska representing Mineral Point Rescue, Chris Mester, Gabe James and Kristen Mester.