06/28/11 More than 60 motorcycle enthusiasts were grateful for the picture perfect weather on Saturday afternoon as they began the county-wide ride for United Way. This year’s ride marked the 10th annual ride that was first dreamed up by organizer Cindy Rash.
Annie Wojcik, executive director of Heminger House, was on hand to thank the riders. She said, “It means a lot to the shelter to have this kind of support that can help with our operating expenses.” She added, “It is wonderful to see people get together for something like this.”
Each of the drivers paid $25 and each passenger, $10.
Heminger House board member and one of the many who worked to get the shelter up and running, Laura Mann, said, “It’s important to me to touch another group of people who want to help us.” “Heminger House serves the entire county.” said Mann. “It is important to us to ride through the entire county.” Mann then climbed aboard a motorcycle to make the trip.
Among those volunteering were Mann’s parents John and Marsha Banning. Marsha kept busy taking raffle donations and John arrived early to cook some 300 pieces of chicken to feed the hungry group at the end of the ride. The Church of the Heartland members donated a number of different salads and desserts for the end of ride party.
Rash explained to the riders and passengers that the ride route this year was a reverse of previous years. She said they would ride to Donaldson and park for a few minutes at Ancilla College, continue to Argos at the American Legion, head to Journey’s End in Bourbon, and finally arrive at the VFW/American Legion in Bremen for a night of entertainment.
Heading up the festivities at the VFW/American Legion was singer Autumn Lead and local songwriter/entertainer Mike Lintner. Bill Beaver volunteered as the D.J. for the evening.
Among those riding was Jennifer Maddox, executive director of United Way. She said this is her fifth ride with the group. Maddox has been teaching motorcycle riding for ABATE for the last 13 years. She said, “I love to ride and help out a good cause at the same time.”
Jeff Stewart was unable to ride this year due to an injury, but he didn’t let the group leave until he gave them his annual safety lecture. Stewart said, “Mainly, we are looking for a lot of courtesy.” He reminded them to yield to others on the road.
Mayor Mark Senter was among the crowd cheering the motorcyclists on. Senter said, “This is another example of people getting together to get things done.”
Carol Anders Correspondent