The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee will host its annual Ride for the Red scenic motorcycle tour through the mountains Saturday, June 15, and is inviting motorcycle enthusiasts of all kinds to come along and help the regional Red Cross chapter stay on the ready to respond with humanitarian aid when disasters strike.
Sponsored this year by Food City and Pepsi, the fourth annual Ride for the Red will depart from Sycamore Shoals State Historic Area in Elizabethton at 10 a.m., cruise through the region’s winding mountain byways and rolling valleys and conclude with a picnic lunch at Laurel Run Park in Church Hill.
Riders will treated to refreshment stops along their way and presented with an official Ride for the Red T-shirt, dinner and entries in a door prize drawing at the finish line.
The entry fee is $25 per biker to help the regional Red Cross chapter in its mission to provide assistance to disaster victims, including shelter, food, clothing and emotional support, to supply approximately 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply, to teach lifesaving skills to emergency responders and community volunteers, to provide emergency communications to U.S. military members and their families and to extend international humanitarian aid wherever it is needed.
Registration will begin at 9 a.m. the day of the ride at the park at 1031 Broad St., Elizabethton, or may be completed in advance by clicking on the events link at www.redcross.org/tn/kingsport. For more information or assistance registering, call the regional Red Cross office at 378-8700.
Anne Cowan, a cross-country bicyclist who has established a reputation for using her bicycle to enhance the lives of Wellmont Health System’s hospice patients, is preparing to take to the road again. This time she’s taking along her husband, Dr. Ben Cowan, former medical director of Wellmont’s Hospice House.
The Cowans’ cross-country adventure to raise funds for a healing garden at the hospice house at Bristol Regional Medical Center will begin Monday and will cover 4,200 miles across the nation’s northern tier from Western Washington to Bar Harbor, Maine. Their plan is to carry all they need on bicycles and camp most nights along their way.
Their purpose is to make a positive difference for Bristol Regional’s hospice patients by transforming the facility’s 20-year-old landscaping into a special place of healing and is underscored by their commitment to match up to $25,000 of the ride sponsorships they receive. “This garden is a very much-needed part of the hospice experience,” Anne Cowan said. “Hospice is not just a sterile bed in a room. It’s about life and family and healing, and this garden provides that connection.”
Details of the Cowans’ plans for the trip and an online opportunity to contribute to their goal can be found by clicking on the giving link at the Wellmont Foundation website www.wellmont.org. A running blog of their adventure will begin Monday
The Brother Wolf Animal Rescue Johnson City Foster Group will host a pet adoption event Saturday from noon-6 p.m. at Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt at 3135 Peoples St.
Dogs and puppies in need of permanent homes will be available for adoption during Saturday’s event, and a portion of the proceeds from all Menchie’s treats purchased throughout the following week by customers who mention their support for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue will be donated to the nonprofit rescue group.
Based in Asheville, N.C., the rescue’s mission is to end homelessness among pets. More information about the group will be available at Saturday’s adoption event or may be obtained by visiting www.bwar.org or calling 828-505-3440.
Relay for Life season is gearing up across the Tri-Cities. Relay team fundraising to help the American Cancer Society provide financial support to find a cure is under way. And on Friday, June 14, the Washington County 911 Lifesavers Relay team will host an evening of “31 BINGO,” starting at 6 p.m. at the Jonesborough Visitors Center to add all they can to the ACS cause.
Fifteen games of bingo with 31 product prizes up for grabs will be available for a $15 donation to ACS, or $5 Bingo cards may be purchased at the door. For advance tickets, call Sandy at 444-5553 or Cindy at 426-4200.
If there is a need or a project in your neighborhood the Good Neighbor column can assist with, contact Sue Guinn Legg at firstname.lastname@example.org, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605 1717 or 929-3111, ext. 335.