The last weekend in May holds a couple of nice opportunities for local motorcycle riders and golf enthusiasts to get outdoors, have some fun and help a lot of people while they’re at it.
The Mountain States Foundation’s sixth annual Hope on Wheels motorcycle ride to help local patients will be held May 31 beginning at the Market Street Centre, located across West Market Street form Jim’s Motorcycle Sales.
The ride will begin at 10 a.m. and will follow a new, 77-mile route through Elizabethton, Stoney Creek, Shady Valley, Bluff City and Piney Flats, over two mountains and across South Holston Lake.
Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $20 per motorcycle and includes an event T-shirt and entry in a door-prize drawing. Event T-shirts will also be available for purchase for a $10 donation. Breakfast and lunch will also be available for purchase.
All proceeds will go to Mountain States Cancer Care to provide assistance, transportation, wigs and medication for adult and pediatric patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Karen Clark, director of fund development for the foundation, said the ride is an easy way for local bikers to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients while enjoying the beauty of the region on their motorcycles.
“People come from all across our region to support this ride, partly because the ride itself is always so much fun, and partly because they truly see the need for supporting this program,” she said. “This helps people at their time of greatest need. When someone is coping with cancer, not only do they have emotional challenges to face ... they have financial challenges as well. This provides assistance on the financial end so those patients can focus on getting better.”
In the event of rain, the ride will be held on June 7. For more information, call Hope on Wheels coordinator Jeff Clinebell at 431-7782 or email ClinebellJL@msha.com, or visit www.mshafoundation.org/events.
The John M. Reed Foundation will host its annual John M. Reed Classic Golf Tournament May 31 at Twin Creeks Golf Course in Chuckey.
Sponsored by New Beginnings Care, the tournament will feature four hole-in-one prizes, including $5,000 in cash, an electronics package, airline tickets and a choice of premium golf equipment. Cash awards of $400, $300 and $100 and additional prizes will be awarded to the three top-finishing teams, to the best ladies team and to the best men’s team age 65 or older.
The entry fee is $40 and includes lunch. Mulligans will be available for an additional $10 donation. For more information about the tournament, call 426-3360 or 534-1311.
Coalition For Kids is still in the running for one of 150 $5,000 cash prizes up for grabs in the First Tennessee Foundation’s 150 Days of Giving competition and is reminding its supporters to continue voting daily at www.150daysofgiving.com from each of their online devices.
Voting will continue daily at the website and a $5,000 cash prize will be awarded a different nonprofit organization each day through Aug. 21.
The coalition is also asking its supporters to spread the news of the competition on their Facebook and Twitter accounts, in emails to their family and friends and by word of mouth until everyone they know is aware of their opportunity to help Coalition For Kids win $5,000.
First Tennessee is conducting the competition in celebration of its 150th birthday and on Aug. 21 will have given away $5,000 every day for 150 days, for a total of $750,000 in cash awards to nonprofit organizations in the communities where it does business.
Other local organizations in the running include Rise Up!, Girls Inc., area Boys & Girls Clubs, Dawn of Hope, Salvation Army of Johnson City, Friends of Olde Downtown, The Crumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center, the International Storytelling Center, United Way of Washington County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, Speedway Children’s Charities, Appalachia Service Project, Youth Villages, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of East Tennessee, the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians, the Autism Society of America East Tennessee Chapter, Make A Wish of East Tennessee and Appalachian Sustainable Development. The Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other national service organizations are also included in the competition.
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.