By Angie Hayes
The Truth Reporter
The Buffalo Soldiers 10th Year Anniversary celebration was held at The Pinnacle in Maumee Ohio. July 29 2023. The event included socialization and networking opportunities, food, a cash bar and entertainment. Also, Buffalo Soldiers shared information and details in regards to the impact they contribute to the community.
Earl Mack, president and post commander, shared this information with the audience: “It’s our 10th anniversary. Lots of deeds not words. This is our celebration.”
Entertainment was provided by Ramona Collins, vocalist, and Wesley Reynoso, pianist. Dinner, drinks and dessert was provided to the guests. Prior to the entertainment benefits, speakers informed the audience of many details in reference to the Buffalo Soldiers. In addition to the 10th year anniversary recognition, the event also acknowledged a one year anniversary of the state of Ohio’s Buffalo Soldiers Day. In 2022, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine established the Ohio Buffalo Soldier’s Day.
When The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club began in the Toledo area in 2013, the organization established programs serving the community to provide support for safety and quality life in the community. The Toledo Buffalo Soldiers believe in effective community service by fostering collaborative relationships with youth, and the private and public business entities. The organizational goals and efforts are to aid community peace and to support the environment for success.
The Buffalo Soldiers provided scholarship awards to two graduates who are moving to college experience; many volunteers donated for the scholarships and many are committed to the youth. The first award was provided to Conor Houser, a 2023 graduate of Toledo Technology Academy. Houser received a $5,000 award to support his attendance in the University of Cincinnati. Da’Nyah McWilliams, a 2023 graduate of Rogers High School, received an award as well to support her college attendance at the University of Phoenix. Williams received a $2,500 award to support her goal of becoming a traveling nurse.
Councilman John Hobbs III provided the following information to the audience:
“I grew up in a community where we have strong Black men like Earl Mack. If we want the violence to change in our community with our young Black men, we have to get involved with them again. It takes a man to teach a boy, how to be a man!”
Fred LeFebvre, Buffalo Soldiers public information officer and secretary, shared this information: “Toledo Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, We are celebrating a decade of deeds not words.”
Kenneth Reeves, riding name Nuf Ced, added: “The organization is what I would consider a premier organization in Toledo that supports the youth and homeless.”
The celebration event continued with a group of participants happily recognizing, acknowledging and respecting the impact and contribution The Buffalo Soldiers make to the community. Many participants support and provide assistance to the organization, when possible, to support their positivity in the atmosphere!