Saturday, Beauvoir hosted the Inaugural Chuck Bond Run for Roses in honor of the former Beauvoir volunteer Chuck Bond who spent countless hours tending to the gardens on the property.
One hundred and 83 bikers participated in the 50 mile rise from Jefferson Davis’ home all the way to Waveland and back with stops in Gulfport, Long Beach, and Bay St. Louis.
Each participant drew a card at each stop in hopes of collecting the best poker hand. This year, Bond’s friend of 40 years collected the best hand and it seemed to be fate. George Bond, Chuck’s son, said, “When my dad passed away, I made a promise to him that I would keep a state flag of 1894 flying over his grave. We stopped on the way down and we changed flags out and the flag that was flying over his grave Billy, the gentleman that won it, flew it on the back of his bike today. And he won with aces and eights, which is the dead man’s hand, which is kind of– it’s very, very fitting that for a memorial ride, his flag that came off his grave, it’s like he’s really with us today.”
All the proceeds from the event went to helping maintain Varina’s Rose Garden at Beauvoir.