Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Ride the Organ Trail

Written by  July 31, 2005

On Saturday, July 16, 2005, approximately 107 riders registered for the Ride The Organ Trail dice roll to help with living expenses for kidney donor Jenny Acosta following transplant surgery. Jenny’s sister Carol Diaz is the kidney recipient and a good personal friend of mine. Their surgery is scheduled for Thursday, August 25 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pre-Registration took place from May 20-June 27 at Knuckleheads Saloon, The Landing, Stables Bar & Grill, Margarita’s North and Hooters North. The day of the ride, a registration table was setup in the parking lot at Metro North Mall and registration was open from 8:30-10 a.m.

After registering and completing their first dice roll, riders poured out of the parking lot and headed north to BZ’s Bar and Grill in Edgerton, Missouri, which was the first stop. From there, riders made their way to the Platte City Pool Hall in Platte City, and then on to the next stop at the Park University Ball Fields in Parkville, Missouri, which was sponsored by none other than Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine. At our stop, Gina, our July cover model helped riders with their dice roll and was kind enough to pose for several photographs with ride participants.

From Parkville, everyone hit the road for the last leg of the ride, which ended at Knuckleheads Saloon, where riders had one more chance to roll the dice. There were tons of great dice roll prizes and raffle ticket giveaways, including leather jackets, a gas grill, Citizen watches, gift certificates, T-shirts and numerous other wonderful items.

This was somewhat of a unique dice roll event because there were three dice roll winners for both men and women, plus a low dice roll winner. The top three dice roll winners for the men was Carol Busse, who had the highest score and selected the women’s Citizen watch. Johnny Small, owner of Full Throttle Harley Repair & Fabrication, who won second place and took home a leather jacket, and Spud took third place and also walked way with a leather jacket.

For the women, Gail Jackson had the highest roll and took home a leather jacket, as did Audrey Munoz, who took second place. Donna Stillwell won third place and carted off a new gas grill. The low roll went to a gentleman by the name of Rick, but I was unable to find out what prize he had won. Congratulations to all the dice roll winners!

After all the prizes were given away, Jenny and Carol thanked everyone for their participation and announced that the ride had raised $3,120, which will definitely be put to good use. Carol also announced that any money raised over the needed amount will be donated to the Mo-Kan Kidney Foundation to help save lives of others who need a kidney transplant.

Carol also thanked the following sponsors who helped make the ride possible:

- BZ’s Bar & Grill
- Cycle Connections Online Motorcycle Magazine
- David & Phil
- El Sombrero Mexican Restaurant
- Eskew Jewelers
- FluentDigital.com Web & Graphic Design
- Full Throttle Harley Repair & Fabrication
- IMC-Sonics
- Knuckleheads Saloon
- McBrann Cycle Shed
- Midwest Fireplace
- Minorities Supplier Council
- MotorcycleCloseouts.com
- Northland Auto Sales & Service
- Pete’s Auto Service
- Platte City Pool Hall
- Randy’s Barber Shop
- Royal Transmission
- Sam’s Service Center
- Sign-A-Rama
- Tim & Karen Hadley

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Mike Schweder, Brad Bryant & Dan Shields