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Ride For Angels Blog
Monday, 5 October 2009
Ride for Angels
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Benefit ride

Ride for Angels 2009 was last Saturday, October 3rd. The focus for this ride is to generate money for families less fortunate than others. The distribution of funds go out through the (FCESF) Fannin County Empty Stocking Fund. For those of you that do not know about the orginization let me just say that this is way more than toys on Christmas morning. While that is certainly part of the program, as it should be, the more important aspect is to provide life necessities for families that need them. Clothing, coats, shoes, food and yes, toys are provided to those in need. I encourage you to learn more about the FCESF. It is an awsome organization and I applaude them for what they do!  

As far as the event is concerned, honestly, we did not know what to expect in this economy. We are all short on cash these days when you look back at where we all were just a couple years ago. Our riding community came out in typical numbers to years past which was great! Sponsorship from the business community was soft as was expected. Most businesses have cut back on budgets for anything that is not absolutely necessary. At the same time we were very happy to have new sponsors join our group. This was the first year for LongHorn Steakhouse to join us and they say they will be back next year. How great is that?  

With the 2009 Ride for Angels in the rear view mirror it's now time to reflect on how it went. What did you like? What could we have done better? What changes should we make? How should we head off and start planning for next year?

So..... drop us a line to let us know what you think! Your feedback will go along way to make next year even better! You can enter you comments here on the blog. We can post your comments here or keep them private, you can decide. So, give us some feedback on how we are doing!  

And by the way, give your self a pat on the back for supporting a great cause. We do appreciate you very much and want you to know it.


Ride Safe!

Posted by rideforangels at 4:15 PM EDT
Monday, 31 August 2009
Ride For Angels 2009
Mood:  silly
Topic: Benefit ride

Do you love good food? Well, LongHorn SteakHouse from Ellijay has come on board as one of our major sponsors for this years Ride For Angels! I don't know about you but that is my favorite place to eat so naturally you know I was excited to get the news that they wanted to be part of our event! Bring a big appetite cause you are going to need it. Gene has promised to make the food one of the better memories from this years ride. The ride is October 3rd this year. MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDAR, AND BRING A FRIEND! Riders will return to a new venue this year after a beautiful 110 mile ride. The ride is normally the best part as any biker will tell you, but, this year the food will be awsome and the entertainment will the best we have ever had!

We will roll back into Blue Ridge after our ride and the food will be served between 2:00 and 5:00 PM. At 5:00 PM The Buckner Brothers Band will take the stage. If you haven't heard these guys then you have missed out. They will be rocking it out till 8:00 PM. You don't have to ride a motorcycle to come enjoy the music, cars, trucks, bicycles, scooters or anything else that will get you down here will do. Just come on down and bring your $5.00 for the cover charge. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the evening!  We will have a bond fire for those that want to enjoy it or if you want to just sit and look across the lake and take in the sounds, it's all good.  

Check the web site for more info. Pre-registration has already started so get yours in today! Remember, the first 100 to register get one of our new 2009 T shirts free!

See you at the ride,




Posted by rideforangels at 3:59 PM EDT
Wednesday, 22 July 2009
2009 Ride For Angels
Mood:  happy
Topic: Benefit ride

I hope you are planning to join us this year for the Ride for Angels. Our ride this year will be October 3rd. Make sure to mark your calendar, you don’t want to miss the entertainment that we have on tap. Our headliner this year will be the Buckner Brothers Band. If you don’t already know them you have missed out.  The band was originally formed in 1979 under the name Flinthill. All current members of the band are from the '79 lineup with the exception of Scott West who joined in 2005. They have taken some breaks over the years to work with other bands such as Whitewater & St. Elizabeth but, reformed in 1996 to continue doing what they do best. Billy Joe Royal, Jack Hall & Wet Willie, Tommy Talton (of Cowboy & Greg Allman Band) & Monty Powell are just a few of the great artist they have had the privilege of performing with over the years. You can hear some of their music and learn more about the band at http://www.myspace.com/bucknerbrothersband . We are very excited to have the guys come out, the show is going to start at 5:00 PM and finish around 8:00. 

 The party will be at a new event venue in Blue Ridge this year. High County Farm will be hosting us this year at their all new outdoor venue. The site is great and I can’t wait for you to see it. We are going to have more room to party and enjoy the day. We have events planned all day and I am sure you will find something for everyone to enjoy.  As always we have some of the best food ever so make sure to come hungry. You do not have to ride to come enjoy the party, music and food so tell all your friends to come on out. Everyone is welcome! 

The day will start off with registration at Appalachian Community Bank, next to CVS, and we will have some great treats and coffee to get the day started. Next, our poker ride will take us into the hills of Tennessee. Our 100 mile ride will hit some areas that we have never gone to before so don’t miss it.  The ride is going to be GREAT! 

When we return to Blue Ridge there will be lots of entertainment, vendors, food and more. Make sure to stay tuned for more details. And don’t forget that you can pre-register, once again the first 100 get a free event t shirt. Our shirts have become collector’s items and supplies may be limited. I look forward to see you on October 3rd. Don’t forget to wish me a happy birthday!





Posted by rideforangels at 6:22 PM EDT
Updated: Wednesday, 22 July 2009 6:25 PM EDT
Friday, 17 October 2008
Ride for Leigh Ann
Mood:  sad
Topic: Benefit ride
Check out the Ride for Angels news page. There is yet another urgent need in our community. Leigh Ann Harkins is a 10th grade student at Fannin County High School and she was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. A benefit ride has been planned to help with her medical expenses. You will find a copy of the flyer on the Ride for Angels web site with all the details. The ride will meet at Eagle Mountain Motorcycle Outpost, 2521 Hwy 515 in Blue Ridge on October 25. Please come out and support Leigh Ann in her battle.

Posted by rideforangels at 9:46 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 17 October 2008 9:58 AM EDT

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