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Ride to benefit soldiers and their families

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Money will be raised to supply soldiers with care packages and family assistance through the White Knuckle Ride benefit.

Some soldiers cannot afford to fly home for family emergencies, and Jill Owen knows that personally.

"I was in the Air Force and received word that my dad had a brain tumor and was paralyzed. I had no way to pay for my ticket home and through the help of the American Red Cross, I was able to get home." Owen said. "I want to help others in the same situation."

Owen "got out" of the Air Force in November 2007 and has been planning this event before she even got home to help others in need.

Owen hopes to make the ride an annual event.

Owen organized the event knowing that all of the funds raised would go directly to the deployed soldiers through Soldiers Angels, www.soldiersangels.com.

There are 200,000 Soldiers Angels volunteer members in more than 20 different teams that operate internationally. The volunteers provide letters, care packages, and comfort items to the deployed, and support for their families here at home.

They also provide assistance to wounded soldiers, continuing support for veterans, remembrances and comfort for families of the fallen and immediate response to unique difficulties.

Ride info

The White Knuckle Ride benefit, sponsored by Jill Owen, will take place Saturday, May 31, to benefit deployed soldiers.

There will be an auction after the ride at Fontanet Tavern, 11150 Gallagher Rd.

for this event is from noon-1:30 p.m.

The ride starts at the Eagles Lodge, 122 E. National Ave., and ends at Fontanet Tavern around 6 p.m.

There is a $10 donation per rider.

For more information or donations, contact Jill Owen at 812-605-1390.

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