Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

7th Annual Joshua Berry Ride for the Burkett Center – Trussville, Alabama

Written by  October 31, 2016

On Sunday, September 24, 2016, around 60 bikers gathered in the parking lot at Rider’s Harley-Davidson in Trussville to register for this years ride to the Burkett Center. This is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Burkett Center, sponsored and coordinated by the CMA Pinson Chapter: C.H.R.O.M.E Cross Cruisers, and the Burkett Center PTA.

Donna Brooks, her husband, and the many volunteers did a really nice job of pulling together little gift bags and a table of coffee and donuts at registration; a nice kick-start to the day.

A couple of county bikes rolled in to escort us over to the Burkett Center, giving their usual safety speech while the CMA was blessing the ride prior to mounting up.

We had a few “new to a group ride,” who were really nice folks. They came to lend their support to the day’s event; putting some of us on heightened alert in light of recent events, but the ride couldn’t have gone any better.

It’s always a very beautiful scenic ride over to the school through the countryside, and through the Turkey Creek Nature area; so pretty and peaceful. I think we passed a little wedding coming up one of the paths leading to the road as we rode by. Our escorts added a little “extra” ride time to this trip, but it’s all good! Not sure how many people even noticed it wasn’t exactly the route that was planned.

The bikers were greeted by some excited kids and principal Dan Roth as they rolled into the Burkett Center, including Eli Cooper; 9 years old, Jordan Boykin; 17, and Jalin Parsons; 16. Teacher Laura Rickman was also there with her kids Mallie and Tucker, who both participate in a type of “buddy” program at the school. This program gives the kids someone in their age group, who can be a role model and encourage them to engage and interact with others. I think that is just a wonderful idea for everyone involved. I absolutely love this school!

There was a spread of hot dogs and fixings, chips, and drinks waiting on us, which was really nice, especially since it was about lunchtime by now. This was a good time for us to see some of the new equipment they had purchased with the funds that were raised from last years ride. It was great to see where your dollars go, and was also nice to know we get to help in some small way.

Jeff Dennis Jewelers, who is one of the big donators of this event got robbed earlier in the year, but that didn’t prevent them from participating again this year. Instead of putting up $500, they put up $250. Connie Allen, who was the proud recipient of that $250, didn’t seem to have her spirits damped by the reduction. That was still very generous of Jeff Dennis Jewelers.

They have so many generous donators who donate so much great stuff to give away. It seems to take up the biggest part of the day, not that anyone is complaining. We all look forward to that part as well, some more than others. Some buy half a roll of tickets to better their chances, and we get the biggest kick out of that.

Rob won a $100 gift card, Vicki Hicks won $150 in cash, and Todd Armstrong won a set of T-Bags, which he needed to take all his bootie home. He was one of those with an arm’s length of tickets.

The big winners of the day were the kids at the school, and we wish them a very successful and happy year!

I also want to thank Beverly and David Joiner, who provided us with a couple great pictures. Thanks!