Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

8th Annual Wheels for a Cure – Blue Springs, Missouri

Written by  June 25, 2014

Blue Springs Harley-Davidson in Blue Springs, Missouri, was the starting and ending point for the 8th Annual Wheels for a Cure ride on June 14. Riders each donated at least $25 and passengers $10 with the proceeds going to ArtBra KC, an organization whose, “mission is to uniquely celebrate breast cancer survivors and provide funding for Kansas City area organizations that provide life-empowering services to uninsured and underinsured individuals who have been touched by cancer.” According to the organization’s website, “Missys’ Boutique Patient In Need Fund at The University of Kansas Hospital in The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion and the new cancer appearance center at the The Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Center at Truman Medical Center are accredited appearance centers dedicated to helping patients overcome obstacles with dignity and style. These centers offer services and select products designed just for cancer patients and survivors – to help them through their cancer journey.  ArtBra KC is a major benefactor of Missys’ Boutique, named in memory of Melissa Malter Newell and Ann Wilcox O’Neill, both affectionately known as Missy.” Each year, the organization hosts an auction event featuring work-of-art bras, and the models are breast cancer survivors. Much more information is available on the Art Bra KC website.

More than 70 participants joined in the fundraising effort that resulted in a donation of more than $4,000 plus T-shirt sales. Included was a $500 donation from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.). After breakfast, the participants enjoyed a scenic 100-mile ride with dice roll stops at Wabash BBQ in Excelsior Springs, a Shell station in Richmond, and Casey’s General Store in Buckner with the first and last rolls at Blue Springs Harley-Davidson. After hamburgers and hot dogs were served for lunch, there were drawings for several nice door prizes. The top prize was $1,000 cash won by Michael and Joyce Timmerman and generously donated back to Art Bra KC. Prizes were presented to the high and low dice rollers. There was also a 50/50 drawing. Sharon Payne and other representatives of ArtBra KC were on hand to show their appreciation for the support provided by the 8th Annual Wheels for a Cure event.

Special thanks go to members of the Greater Kansas City H.O.G. Chapter for assisting with parking, registration, dice roll stops, and raffles. The chapter also provided leaders for the ride’s two groups of motorcycles and road captains to make sure assistance was available to anyone who might have difficulty during the ride. Arrangements for the event were coordinated by Tammy Edgmon who works at the dealership and is a cancer survivor.  Sponsors providing door prizes or other assistance included Kansas University Cancer Center, The Sweet Tooth, Summit Grill, Blue Springs Super 8, Dirty Harry's, American Garage, Costco, Saints Pub, Brewer's, Q104, and others. Thanks go to David Worth and Blue Springs Harley-Davidson for hosting the event.


Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com