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Riders in LA and TN Collect $149,000 for Kids

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Star Lily sports a helmet and a smile at the Louisiana Ride for Kids.
Star Lily sports a helmet and a smile at the Louisiana Ride for Kids.
Louisiana motorcyclists banded together to help cure the kids during the area’s 11th Ride for Kids on May 19.

About 150 participants gathered on a cloudy, hot morning at Rapides Parish Coliseum Annex in Alexandria to show their support for Lily, Brook, Lexi and Brian, the Ride for Kids Stars of the day.

As of ride time, the event had raised more than $32,770 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s medical research and family support programs. The individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Gaten and Rose Sharbeno ($7,026), Mafioso ($7,166) and Loewer Powersports ($13,487).

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through June 19.

Shelton Foster Jr. won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250, and a new Bell helmet went to Bob Stephenson.

Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Neil Kavanagh, Suzanne and Wil Loewer, Audrey Courville and Bullet and Nancy McGee. 


The fifth Middle Tennessee Ride for Kids took place on cloudy morning at Jim Warren Park. As of ride time, the event had raised more than $116,500 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

The event’s Stars were the three local brain tumor survivors who led the ride, Jack, McKenzie and Jessica. Carley Gordon of WSMV TV Channel 4 in Nashville emceed the event.

As of May 20, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were brain tumor survivor McKenzie Matthews ($8,757), Tennessee Honda Riders Club ($9,040) and Sloan’s Motorcycles ($10,420). The leading non-motorcycle club was Car Wash for a Cure ($8,798).

Ride for Kids star Jessica  right  hops on a motorcycle and prepares to ride in the Middle Tennessee event.
Ride for Kids star Jessica (right) hops on a motorcycle and prepares to ride in the Middle Tennessee event.
The total amount raised included $68,749 from a PBTF pinup campaign at Hardee’s Restaurants in the region.

The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fndraisers will receive incentive credit through June 19.

Scott Walker won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R. A Bell motorcycle helmet went to Sally Tamplen, while Art Ankrum won a Dunlop tire.

Thank you to the hardworking volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Otis and Tina Bishop, Jack and Anita Wheeler and Mike and Catey Henning.

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