Custom paint job benefit for Sgt. John Colter

An unfortunate side-effect of working in this industry is that we’re always going to know people that have been in accidents. In the worst cases, when that happens, we do everything we can to step up and help out those in need. Now is one of those times.

On Monday July 8, Sgt. John Colter was seriously injured in an off-duty motorcycle accident. John is a United States Marine Corps veteran currently serving 25+ years in the Baton Rouge Police Department. He is the Louisiana State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders and a member of the board of directors for Blue Knights Chapter VII in Baton Rouge. His accident resulted in a serious brain injury, several broken bones, and severe abrasions (road rash). Thankfully, John is alive, but he remains in the care of Touro Hospital in New Orleans where he faces a long, uphill struggle to regain both his physical and mental capacity.

John has been married to his wife Anita for 23 yrs and they have two sons, Travis and Nathan. As is the case with most police officers, John worked off-duty details to supplement his salary. Any sick leave or disability payments will not compensate for this extra income which was necessary to support his family. His doctors currently have no estimate for when he will be able to return to work, so whatever assistance we can provide will help his family with medical bills, school tuition, and other necessities during his rehabilitation.

Here’s how you can help!

BD’s Cycles custom motorcycle painters is teaming up with us at Bareass Choppers to hold a benefit with the proceeds going to assist John and his family. One lucky winner will receive a CUSTOM PAINT JOB (up to a $2,000 value)! Entries are $10 each, and you can buy as many as you want. The drawing will be held on November 1, 2013.

Please don’t forget to “like” this post and link to this benefit on your Facebook page, local club website, or favorite motorcycle forum to spread the word!


To purchase entries:
PayPal users can send funds directly to “” or click the “Donate” link here:

Please remember to include your contact information in the notes when sending funds, and do not use the word “raffle” as it creates problems with PayPal.

Checks can be made out directly to “John Colter” and mailed to:
John Colter Fund
447 Evergreen Ct
Slidell, LA 70458

Every $10 received will count as 1 entry, so (for example) if you send $30 you will get 3 entries. Any anonymous donations will be accepted for Anita & John Colter and not entered in the drawing.

The drawing:
In an effort to keep costs and complications to a minimum, we will not be mailing paper tickets. Instead, we will keep track of entries using an electronic database. Entry numbers will be assigned in the order in which donations are received, and on the day of the drawing a random number generator will be used to determine the winner.

Contact Information:
You can direct any questions to Mike Buras at or you can get involved in the discussion on our forums. If you want a flyer for handing out or posting in your local shop you can download a .pdf version of this information here. If you want these details self-contained for posting on a website, forum, facebook page, etc you can link directly to this image which has all the information needed ready to go.

Thanks for stepping up to help out a brother in need!

Broch (big bad), Travis, John (coltergeist), me, Sean (Tassy5), and Kurt (Sumo-X)


6 Responses to “Custom paint job benefit for Sgt. John Colter”

  1. Ralph "Drem" Terreault says:

    Prayers going up from Florida.

    Shared on the Florida PGR forum page.

  2. laurie CJ (PGR) says:

    hit my knees and prayed for John and his family

  3. Annette "Dreamcatcher" Robeck says:

    Knee mail continuing daily from TN, John and Family! Have shared this on my FB, and several FB private forums I am on..

  4. Thank you for helping John, Anita and the boys. Appreciate it!

  5. Mike Finamore says:

    I wouldn’t want to change the paint on my bike, but I would love to see John Colter get a custom paint job on his ride!

  6. SKARD rock band ~ Biker Rock says:

    Nice !!

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