In Newport Two Brothers Are Real Life Powers Of Example 

Around 700 people and 200 motorcycles descended on BB’s tattoo parlor in Newport Sunday. When it was all said and done the group raised more than $1600 for a very worthy cause. It’s the 4th straight year the folks at BB’s have held their annual Bike and Hot Rod show. Each year they raise money for a different cause. The fundraisers are the work of two brother’s, Joe, who owns BB’s and Boomer who lives in Georgia. “We’re just trying to get the community together,” Joe says. “Get some bikes together and some hot rodders together. Get a show of community effort to raise money and have a good time.”This year they’re raising money to help Bailey Carter, an 18-month old boy who’s suffering from cystic fibrosis. “This Carter family is in the children’s hospital in Boston. They’re staying at the Ronald McDonald house, in and out of motels, big time expenses. You know he’s self-employed and don’t have any insurance,” Joe says.Like all of the causes the two brothers work on, the plight of Bailey Carter came to them via word of mouth. “Every year we pick another family and the thing about BB’s tattoos is, we don’t give it to the foundations,” says Boomer. We give it to the family that needs it. Right to their hand so we cut out the middle man.”These two have been at it for the past 15 years. Back in January Boomer heard about a soldier named Jeffrey Farmer who was serving in Afghanistan. While on his 3rd tour overseas Farmer’s home was burglarized and nearly everything of value was stolen. “Through word of mouth he was informed about my plight and he put together these benefits for me to raise money to recuperate and not be as despondent as I normally would have been coming back to such emptiness,” says Farmer.The two brothers held separate fundraisers, here in Newport Maine and in Georgia where Farmer is from. Together they raised more than $10,000, enough to replace just about everything that was stolen from Farmer while he was serving his country in Afghanistan. “Oh it’s overwhelming. I say thank you, but it just don’t seem to really touch how deep and really appreciative i really feel about it,” Farmer says. Boomer says the two will continue to help out wherever they can. “It doesn’t stop. It’s going. It’s what we’re supposed to do as Americans, is take care of each other.”And while Joe and Boomer admit that after a day like this they’re tired, they say they’re already planning next year’s events.