TOP STORY OF THE DAY, brought to you free by WICU: Mayor’s Ride provides 10% of Humane Society’s annual budget

Thursday, September 30, 2021
Organizers of the “2021 Mayor’s Ride” gathered at Brazil City Hall to go over some last-minute details for the upcoming fundraising event that starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to watch when kickstands go up at 3 p.m. for the ride, and come to the after-party at American Legion Post #2, 10 North Depot Street at 6 p.m. The fundraiser supports the Clay County Human Society.
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Kickstands go up at 3 p.m. at Brazil City Hall Saturday for the 2021 Mayor’s Ride in support of the Clay County Humane Society Rescue.

Although COVID-19 is still hanging around, Brazil Mayor Brian Wyndham said the ride “is a go,” with registration at City Hall starting at 2 p.m.

The cost is $30 for individuals or $50 per couple, including a T-shirt, food, and entertainment.

“The public is invited to come to watch the motorcycles leave at 3 p.m.,” said Wyndham. “They can also come to the after party, which starts around 6 p.m.”

American Legion Post #2, 10 North Depot Street, Brazil, has stepped up again to organize this public event at their outside pavilion area.

“Kleptz is taking care of the food for the $10 boxed dinners,” said Wyndham, adding carry out will be available. “It’s always good.”

The band “15th & Hulman” will provide entertainment.

“We will be shutting down a section of West Church Street by the Legion that night for parking,” said the mayor. “There will be plenty of room to allow for social distancing. We always have a great time during this event, and we will again this year.”

This is the 10th anniversary of the vital fundraiser for the local animal shelter.

“This fundraiser is about 10% of our annual budget,” said Clay County Humane Society Rescue and Adoption Center board member Toni Carter, who enjoys going on the ride. “It is crucial for the shelter.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused financial hardships for everyone, and expectations for the 2020 Mayor’s Ride were not very high due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a larger number of motorcycles registered for the event, and a few Jeeps and other vehicles joined in last year. The event raised more than $21,000 at the end of the fundraiser.

Organizers confirmed the sale of more than 240 unique commemorative T-shirts helped.

“The shirts are coming this week,” said the mayor. “People who want one can pre-order their size at City Hall and pick them up later. They are still $20 each.”

To support the Clay County Humane Society and Adoption Center’s efforts, send monetary donations to 8280 N County Rd 125 West, Brazil, IN, 47834. Log onto Facebook,, or call 812-446-5126 for more information on how you can help or adopt a pet.

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