In 1998, Matt Peine and his family became firm supporters of both Pearl City Outreach and the Iowa Donor Network after his daughter, Jessica Peine passed away in a tragic traffic accident. In 2010, Peine and the Pearl City Life Riders, a motorcycle riding club, created the Jessica Peine Memorial Ride and Music Festival (JPMR) to honor her memory, and to raise funds for these two important organizations. As the ninth annual JPMR approaches, its organizers look forward to continuing to help these two organizations, and to honoring the memories of several local organ donors.
This year’s JPMR will take place over the course of two days, Friday and Saturday September 20th and 21st. This year, Peine opted to expand the event to two days to accommodate the large number of bands eager to donate their time to the cause. “It’s the outpouring of support from the music community in Muscatine,” he explained. “They’ve really gotten behind the cause. . . . There’s a lot of new bands playing and some who have played before, so it’s a good mix.”
On Friday night at 6:00 pm at the Missipi Brew, Fruitland’s very own Vann Britt will kick off the music festival portion of the event. The Damn Gallaghers, Love Dogs, Hermit Longhorn, NonGrata, and Stygian will also play sets, extending the evening’s fun until 1:00 am. For only a $5.00 cover charge, anyone interested can take in all these bands have to offer. Because each of the performers donated their time, all the money raised from the cover charge will go directly to Jessica Faye’s Closet and the Iowa Donor Network.
Both bikers and music lovers will want to get in on the action at the JPMR on Saturday. Beginning at 9:00 am in Riverside Park, biders can register to participate in the day’s ride for only $10 per person. This fun and laid back ride will make stops at the Eagles Nest in Keithsburg, Illinois and Ducky’s Lagoon in Andalusia, Illinois, before retuning to the Missipi Brew for another round of music. With the cover charge still only $5.00, everyone can enjoy another night of fantastic music with the John Paul Jones Group, Riding Atlas, Facing Time, 1st Impression, Northbrook, and Mizzippi Mud.
New this year, Peine looks forward to using the JPMR to honor the memories and families of three local organ donors in addition to his daughter, Devin Estabrook, Austin Gainuss, and Nick Hartman. “This year, we’re able to run the Memorial Ride in honor of three donors, and that’s what it’s really about, the donors,” said Peine. “It’s my greatest joy to help the donors’s families celebrate the lives of their loved ones.”
This year’s JPMR appears poised to lend even more support to two organizations that do worlds of good both locally and across the state and nation. Through the support of community members, the JPMR can reach its full potential and truly celebrate the people it honors.