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Texas Pride Barbecue in Adkins is helping to raise funds for Operation Comfort, a non-profit organization that has assisted more than 3,000 wounded military members and their families.

To that end, the restaurant is donating proceeds from its Operation Pride 2009 Big Chopper Giveaway. For $5 a ticket, participants will have a chance to win a Big Dog Motorcycle soft-tail chopper with an American flag paint job, a production custom bike valued at $32,000.

The contest at Texas Pride, 2980 E. Loop 1604, will run 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, and Saturday evening, Aug. 1, when the winner will be drawn.

Ten finalists drawn at each event since May 7 will bring a total of 350 finalists at the finale on Saturday.

According to a press release, every Thursday evening is Bike Night at Texas Pride. The free event attracts 300-500 motorcyclists — including many veterans and current members of the military — and up to 1,000 people gather each week to admire the machines, listen to classic rock and have a good time.

The Big Dog Giveaway is the fourth fund-raiser Texas Pride has conducted for Operation Comfort. Together, those events raised nearly $20,000 for Operation Comfort, but Texas Pride owner Tony Talanco hopes to reach $50,000 with the Big Dog Giveaway.

“Instead of getting an expensive artist for a show, I wanted to do something to raise more money, and with Texas Pride being so popular with motorcycle enthusiasts, this is the perfect way,” said Talanco, who owns two bikes.

“These guys did not just get shot in the arm, but they’ve lost one, two or three limbs and some have burns over 80 percent of their bodies or severe head traumas,” he said. “They have to live with this stuff the rest of their lives.

“Anything we could ever do to help is not enough to repay them.”

Call (210) 649-3730 or click here for information.

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