Thousands Raised for Late Motorcyclist's Family

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PANAMA CITY - As the roar of Thunderbeach comes to an end in Panama City Beach, the local biker community wants everyone to remember motorcycle safety doesn't just stop at this weekend.

Hundreds of people came out to The Buccaneer Sunday to help raise money for a local family that lost a father and husband last month in a motorcycle crash.

Thirty-five year old, Alan Paul was critically injured in motorcycle crash on April 16th after colliding with a truck near the Lynn Haven Tropical Smoothie.

Paul died a few days later at a local hospital.

He leaves behind his wife, Jennifer, and their four children all under the age of 11.

The Buccaneer manager heard about the family's loss and wanted to lend a helping hand.

The restaurant offered its beach-front property to host the fundraiser Sunday.

"I have three kids of my own and I couldn't imagine losing my husband and i just wanted to do something to try and help them out," said Kristen Moulder, The Buccaneer manager.

"They have actually surprised me about how much they have matured in such a short amount of time," said Jennifer Paul, wife.

So far organizers have raised more than $10,000 dollars for the Paul family.

"It also shows the kind of person Alan was to have this many people come together to take care of his family and be there for them," said Vicki Gillmore, mother.

Meantime, riders hope this tragic event sheds some light on road safety for bikers and drivers alike.

"Hopefully people will be a little more cautious and realize that its somebody's family or club member that gets hurt or killed," said Vicky Perkins, RWRC Club Member.