It takes alot of effort to get ready for one of these events! I would like to take a minute to say thank you to all those that volunteers that make it work! A big thank you goes out to Laura & Rick, who have been there from the beginning – no matter what event they attend for her business, they share some of their time talking about COFR. Laura also works closely with Roy to get our vendors set up! Mickey, Tami , Carol & Julie, – our registration team, they don’t have to attend the meetings, they got down what they do pretty dang well! Val & Chuck for running the parking lot with all the chaos among us – who also put on about 20 miles on their feet each event.
Chip has MC’d with us for years, and will continue to keep the crowd informed this year. Charolette for walking her little southern legs all over creation selling tickets, spreading the word. Collecting donations!
One of our newest volunteers – Scott – has worked our facebook and twitter accounts every day making sure he continues to get the word out. Ronnie from Carpets 4U has taken over getting us some really cool raffle items. The girls in the merchandise booth, the last few years, the gals in the raffle booth the last few years!
Chief & his group who are taking over the road guarding and route! David & Renee who were recipients and have attended every meeting! Blessings for giving back!
I am sure I have left some of them out and someone will bring it to my attention. To Mike Lack who has held down the parking & grounds for many years now – he is now our Vice President. To all of you who attend and make it a success – Ride safe & see you soon!
Children of Fallen Riders is honored to have McHenry Harley Davidson Host our 8th Annual Event.
COFR has helped 4 families over the winter months with Rent/Mortgage’s & Utilities. We
also purchased 500.00 worth of Toys for the Toys For Tots Collection held by the Brothers Rising MC. In the fall we also received many donations in from Mary Ann May who lost her husband in Texas in a motorcycle accident. Our charity continues to grow and we are solely funded through donations and our fundraising events. We did not have a winter event, time ran out on us and actually, I am glad – it was a hellacious winter and every Saturday in February it snowed.
I am so excited to be teamed up with McHenry Harley this year, it will be the best event yet! We still need donations and volunteers. Contact us at info at childrenoffallenriders.com
I apologize for the lack of posts and updates through-out the winter, we decided this winter to forego our winter event, and I believe it was a good idea since every single Saturday it snowed.
The season to ride is upon us – please watch for motorcycles
I share with you a letter from one of our recipients:
First and foremost, please accept my sincere THANKS for all you took care of for my family, Susie you were awesome, very caring and compassionate through it all…Thank you!
Our story begins like this, my husband was in an accident on his way to work 07.29.2013 when he was hit by an SUV. He was being rushed to the hospital in very critical shape while our 2 children and I were in Washington visiting family. We received a call explaining his injuries with the news of not knowing whether he was going to survive (multiple head and facial injuries)or if he did the quality of life he would have. By the time we arrived back to Arkansas he had been transfered to a more advanced facility in hopes his prognosis would get better. The days were long and hard not knowing, it even got to the point they called all the family in to say their goodbyes, Sam had not responded like they thought he should have……God intervened and turned things around. He improved and was moved to a Rehab unit closer to home. Sam is walking (with assistance), talking, learning to cope with vision loss(right eye) and left sided weakness….enjoying life everyday….Sam is our OVERCOMER.
We were introduced to COFR through a friend. In times like this you never know what to do or where to turn for guidance, support, etc. God put COFR in our lives at the right time, they were a blessing to us…a lifesaver….Thank you all so very much! Your organization is always in our prayers and will forever be in our hearts! Sincerely from the friends and family of the Yandell family…. We thank you!
I apologize for not keeping this site up to date, life takes over and bamolam..oh Black Betty sorta thing. The August run was awesome, a wee bit hot but we had a great turn out! We did decide not have the winter event this year.
We are looking for more volunteers as we continue to grow and we are getting ready to start meetings for our summer event which is August 24th this year. Volunteers are always needed.
Since our August event, we have helped 4 families with mortgages, rents, utilities and more. I have a story to share about one of these families and how they become part of our lives and part of us.
Our name was given to someone thru one of our volunteers, a friend of a friend had gone down and they needed help – the friend was very concerned about the family and tried to get them to accept assistance, having approached them not with us helping them, but some others, the father didn’t want to hear of it. So, time went on, I met the friend of this family in the store, and I reached out to them. It is a really tough call to make, I know I do not like accepting help, even for small things, so I can only imagine. I got a call one day and this man said, yes.. I need help. WE cried.. I said I know!
Plain and simple a lot of people do not want to take charity – I want to say this is not that, this is family helping family! Riders ride for their own – motorcycle enthusiast are a unique bunch of people and it is with that I say – even though this is bittersweet – it brings into my life a lot of great people!
Stay tuned for upcoming news on our August 24th Event! Let’s make this year big!