For more than 25 years, a laid back, loose confederation of female bikers and bike fans known as the Gypsy Women have performed angelic deeds to benefit the folks of Cumberland County.
Spearheaded by Holly Whitman, owner of Fayetteville’s legendary Legendís Pub, the Gypsy Women are most famous for the Gypsy Women Spring Fling — an annual party held at Legend’s to raise money for local folks in need through an auction, poker run and other biker-centric events.
“When we started the Spring Fling about 12 years ago we decided then that we didn’t want to do it to benefit any particuar organization,” said Whitman. “It’s just a good time and a way for us to give back to the community.”
“We (the Gypsy Women) are not a real organized group of people,” added Whitman. “There’s no membership roster or rules or anything like that; we just get together to have a good time.”
In additon to the Spring Fling, the Gypsy Women put on a number of events throughout the year, including a golf tournament to benefit bikers and their families in need and other worthy beneficiaries. This year’s golf tourney will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, at Hope Mills Golf Course — registration for the tourney is at 9 a.m., with the blind draw, captain’s choice event to start at 10 a.m.
“We’re sponsoring it along with Bob Marlow’s Motorcycles,” said Whitman. “The cost is $45 to play and everyone is welcome. It’s always a good time.”
Of course, if you find a good woman, chances are there’s a good man standing behind her. Whitman says all the good works performed by the Gypsy Women would not be possible without the “men behind the scenes.”
“I really have to thank the husbands and boyfriends and all the men who help us put on the Spring Fling and the golf torunament and all our other events,” said Whitman. “They support us in so many ways.”
If you’d like to volunteer to help out the Gypsy Women – or possibly join up with this female caravan of do-gooders on wheels – go by Legend’s Pub (4624 Bragg Blvd.) any night of the week itís open and just ask for Holly.
“Like I said, we’re not an organized club or anything,” said Whitman. “We’re just a bunch of gals who like to get together and have a good time and do good things for deserving people.”
You can contact Holly at Legend’s Pub at 867-2364.