Letter to the Editor

'Run for Riley Kids' a success

Monday, July 4, 2011

To the Editor:

May 14, 2011, marked the sixth "Run for Riley Kids."

This year's ride raised the most money yet, with a check for $4,629 being presented to the Miracle Run June 4, to benefit Riley Children's Hospital.

We would like to thank all of the bikers who rode that day in the rain. A big thank you goes out to all of the 66 businesses from Brazil to West Terre Haute that donated items for our silent auction.

We gained 10 new $100 sponsors this year to have their name of businesses put on the back of the T-shirts.

Leftover shirts were donated again this year to the Riley Children's Hospital.

Sponsors were A-1 Sanitation, A to Z Muffler, Aamco Transmission, Accurate Insulation, Amber's Class, Auten Trucking, Bricklayers Local 4, Burger Body Shop, Derby Hill, Dorsett's, Dusty's Transmission Shop, Education World, Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, Honey Creek Collision, Highway 40 Sports Bar and Grill, Illiana Trucking, Izaak Walton League of America, M&M Excavating, Mattingly's, Rick's Smokehouse, Riddell National Bank, Roger's Home Improvement, The Bait Shack, Travel Network, Wyrick Masonry, Inc., and the Lake House Restaurant, as well as various cash donations by others.

A big thank you to all of the campers at Izaak Walton for their participation in helping cook food and serve, and to Doreen Rude for donating desserts.

Dan and Judy are members of The King's Servants, a chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Members of the chapter were there to give their support for the run.

CMA members Joe Rogers and his wife, Sue, were volunteers at the Miracle Ride and Joe was asked to give the blessing on all of the bikes before they rode "The Miracle Ride."

This year's Run for Riley's Kids was sponsored by the Izaak Walton League in Cloverland. The run began at Mark Miller's custom cycle shop, then to the V.F.W. in Brazil, then Glory Days in Clay City, Skid Row in Spencer, the Ice Box in Cloverdale and ended up at the Izaak Walton campgrounds. Thanks to all of the stops for letting us use their businesses for our run.

Judy would also like to thank her sister, Carolyn, for all of her daily help and suggestions for a successful "Run for Riley's Kids."

Again, thanks to everyone who participated.

Judy England,