Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Benefit Ride for Amber & Clint - Blue Springs, Missouri

Written by  January 31, 2012

Around 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, approximately 60 riders, many riding two up, rolled into the parking lot at Side Pocket’s in Blue Springs, Missouri for a benefit ride to help cover medical expenses for Amber Loulos and Clint Young, who were critically injured in a car accident on December 27, 2012.

When Stripe and I arrived, we were glad to see such a great turnout. I recognized several people, including many of Amber and Clint’s closest friends who I’d met at a party Amber and Clint threw this past summer. I also noticed a tent that was setup in the parking lot, where people could sign large get well posters, make a donation, and purchase a T-shirt to help raise money. The T-shirts had a photo of Amber and Clint on the front, and “RIDE to Recovery” on the back.

Many of you may know Amber, who was our July 2010 cover model, and has also worked the Cycle Connections booth at several events this past year. Amber also works the parts and accessories counter at Dell’s Powersports in Blue Springs.

Once everyone was ready, we took off, heading south on 7 Highway, and then turning east on Colbern Road. It was nice to see that local police and EMT vehicles had the intersection blocked off so all the riders could stay together. From Colbern Road, we headed north on Highway F through Oak Grove, and then back toward Blue Springs on I-70. We exited I-70 at Adams Dairy Parkway, headed south to 40 Highway, west back to 7 Highway, and then north to our final destination at Zarda BBQ. We spent some time taking photos in the parking lot, and were glad to see there was such a great turnout for the ride.

To further benefit this wonderful couple, a silent auction was also held on Sunday, January 15 at Clancy’s Café & Pub in Blue Springs, which helped raise even more funds for Amber and Clint’s recovery.

Per one of the more recent posts I read on the Prayers for Amber & Clint facebook page, it sounds like they are both doing great, and Amber may even be going home on February 10. It sounds like Clint is also doing really well, and will be in rehab just a while longer. Please feel free to keep checking their facebook page.

A special thanks to Jessica Baker, who was taking photos at the event and helped me identify some of the riders in Stripe's photos so I could add their names to the photo captions.

Story by Mike Schweder

Photos by Stripe