Celebrate Freedom Foundation Supports S.C. Midlands Ride for Kids on Oct. 12
Lexington, S.C. — Celebrate Freedom Foundation leaders and volunteers joined hundreds of motorcyclists and other guests attending the S.C. Midlands Ride for Kids event on Sunday, Oct. 12, at Lexington High School in Lexington.
“We raised over $40,000 at this year’s event,” said Dan Hennigan, Chairman, S.C. Pediatric Tumor Cure for Kids “Ride for Kids,” who is also a board member of the CFF. “Last year, our first year, we raised $29,000.”
CFF’s leaders, President Jack Lovelady and Executive Director Larry Russell, positioned the Foundation’s static Cobra helicopter, Annie, just off Augusta Highway in front of the school. They explained CFF’s mission to motorcyclists and others who wanted to learn more about the helicopter and the Foundation.
“Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s support helped, because we look for organizations to come out and support our organization,” Hennigan said. “Although the Celebrate Freedom Foundation’s mission is different than the mission of S.C. Midlands Ridge for Kids, the common denominator of both organizations is to improve the quality of life of our children.
“The mission of the Celebrate Freedom Foundation is to educate children on the importance of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics),” he added. “The mission of the The S.C. Midlands Ride for Kids is to raise money to fund research that funds medical research and family support programs and thus eliminate the challenges of childhood brain tumors.”
Motorcyclists departed at 2 p.m., following a predesignated route, and returned about one hour later. When they returned, one lucky participant registering to support the event won a new Honda motorcycle — courtesy of American Honda, the event’s presenting sponsor.
Ride for Kids is a national series of motorcycle charity events that raises awareness and funds for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the world’s largest nonprofit funder of research into one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. The Ride for Kids program also funds free educational resources and college scholarships for brain tumor survivors.
More than 28,000 children in the United States are living with the diagnosis of a brain tumor, and 13 more cases are identified each day.
American Honda is the presenting sponsor for Ride for Kids. Other national supporters include: GEICO and Cycle World magazine. For more information, visit kids, visit www.rideforkids.org and click on SC or call 1-800-253-6530.
The S.C. Midlands Ride for Kids event included a catered lunch.
Registration, held from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., was free. But motorcyclists and other participants were encouraged to donate $40. Donations of any amount were accepted. Prizes included a new Honda motorcycle, a Cardo Systems Scala Rider TeamSet and an iPad mini. Anyone registering to support the event, not just motorcyclists, were eligible to win prizes.
“I want to thank all of the other organizations that came out this year, including the Celebrate Freedom Foundation, for supporting this year’s Ride for Kids,” Hennigan said. “I also want to thank all of our sponsors and all of this year’s participants, including motorcyclists. This year’s event was over and above what he had hoped, and it was a good day. It was a win-win for everyone. Our Ride for Kids Stars (local children with brain tumors) will always be our number one priority, coupled with finding a medical cure.
Photos by Stuart Morgan
Carolina Honda Powerhouse was the event’s motorcycle partner. Other local sponsors included: All American Heating and Air, Allwaste Services Inc. (ASI), Gregory Electric, JMB Photography, Honda of South Carolina Manufacturing and Hoover Building Systems.