WONDER LAKE – McHenry County motorcyclists are ready to put up their kickstands and ride in honor of McHenry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Maness at a charity event this weekend.
The second Dwight “Maddog” Maness Veteran Assistance Motorcycle Ride will kick off at 11 a.m. Sunday at Horizontals Saloon, 7620 Hancock Drive, Wonder Lake, with registration beginning at 9 a.m.
Once riders leave the saloon, they will head to The Bunker in Waterford, Wisconsin, for drinks. Participants then will ride back to Horizontals between 2 and 2:30 p.m. for food, live music and the chance to win several raffle prizes.
The cost is $20 a driver, $10 a passenger and $10 at the door for nonriders. Walk-ins are welcome, according to the event’s Facebook page. All proceeds will go to the Dwight “Maddog” Maness Veteran Assistance Fund, created by Dwight’s widow, Sue Maness.
With input from Transitional Living Services for Veterans, each year a veteran – or a veteran with a family – is chosen who might need financial help with housing, food or clothing, among other necessities.
Sue Maness said it has been important for her to carry on her husband’s interest and compassion toward veterans, especially given his previous service time.
Before his nearly eight-year stint with the sheriff’s office, Dwight Maness spent 20 years with the U.S. Army and saw combat in Iraq from 1990 to 1991. He retired with the rank of sergeant first class.
Dwight Maness died Sept. 14, 2015, nearly one year after a Holiday Hills shooting. He was 47.
Dwight Maness and his partner, Deputy Khalia Satkiewicz, responded in October 2014 to a domestic incident at the Holiday Hills home of Scott B. Peters, who fired more than a dozen rounds at the two officers.
Peters eventually was sentenced to 135 years in prison.
Dwight Maness’ femur was shattered and a vein in his leg was severed in the shooting. After 15 surgeries, he never regained the ability to walk. He spent several months recovering before he developed a blood clot in his lungs and died suddenly during a physical therapy appointment.
“Just carrying on what he wanted is keeping me going,” Sue Maness said.
Sue Maness said she is expecting about 100 bikes at this year’s event.