EUGENE, Ore. — The wife of a fallen Eugene police officer is gearing up for a major fundraiser in honor of her husband.
And this year, the one-day event has turned into two.
This will be the fourth year for the motorcycle ride, scheduled for the weekend of July 26.
Because the Chris Kilcullen Memorial Scholarship is now fully funded, organizers decided to add an event on Saturday they’re calling the Barney Cruise for Classic Cars.
It will start at European Motorcycles of Western Oregon in Eugene.
All the money raised will go to four local nonprofits, calling it the Kilcullen Project.
The Springfield Education Foundation, Oregon Badge Foundation, Children’s Miracle Network and Courageous Kids.
Those involved says Chris was all about giving back.
“It is obviously important to the community, and I think if Chris was here he would say it is important that we still keep going and keep being able to give back,” said Springfield Police Officer Brian Antoine.
“It’s awesome it’s a testimony to Chris’s legacy. It is a testament to this community and how much we ban together for the good,” said Chris’ widow Kristie Kilcullen.
His wife Kristi will have an extra emotional week.
A week from Wednesday, Kristi will confront her husband’s killer as she makes the case to keep Cheryl Kidd in the state psychiatric hospital.
The hospital board is holding a hearing to decide whether to keep her at the state hospital or move her to a less secure facility.
Kristie says she doesn’t hate Kidd but will fight to the end to make sure she doesn’t hurt anyone else.
She says the public can also write to the board and weigh in on the hearing by emailing Ronelle.Shankle@doj.state.or.us.