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‘Ride for Red’ nets $700 for regional Red Cross

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Red Cross River Counties Chapter director Julie Dudley presents Ernie Webb of Xtreme Power Sports a certificate of appreciation.
The weather was threatening but the motorcyclists showed up for a charity Poker Run, titled “Ride for Red,” to benefit the River Counties Red Cross last Saturday. Starting at the Kilmarnock Farmers’ Market, the tour of the Northern Neck passed through Lancaster, Richmond and Northumberland counties.

More importantly, the ride raised approximately $700 for the local Red Cross.  “This was a real community effort,” said Julie Dudley, executive director of the River Counties Chapter. From Xtreme Power Sports, which was the major sponsor, to the Kilmarnock Chamber of Commerce, which organized the event, it was a great way to spend a day while raising much-needed money for the local area.”

After the ride, the riders ended up at Savannah Joe’s for lunch while being entertained by the band “Open Road.”

“We really appreciate Open Road donating their time to end the ride on a high note,” said Dudley.

A number of businesses contributed items or services for door prizes, and WIGO Country 104.9 broadcast live from the start and contributed money for each ad placed in support of the ride.

“It was an exciting day at the farmers’ market,” said Susan Cockrell, Kilmarnock’s community development strategist. “In addition to the usual vendors, we had a live radio broadcast, a classic car cruise organized by Jack Ashburn, the start of the motorcycle ride, and even the ‘Bay Tones’ showed up to entertain.”

posted 11.03.2009

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