News From Terre Haute, Indiana


July 17, 2014

Readers’ Forum: July 18, 2014

Event raised about $3,000 for project

I’m writing this letter to thank all the people who helped or participated in the Wounded Warrior “Ride To Jail” benefit. We had over 100 bikes and gave out over $4,000 in prizes. We raised almost $3,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

This was not quite the goal I had set but not bad for the first-year ride. I was overwhelmed by the help we got from family and friends, and the businesses that gave to help with this benefit. There were just too many to name.

It was a lot of work, but when we presented a Wounded Warrior a gift for a night’s stay at the Marriott Hotel in Indy and four tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game in Victory Field, it was well worth the work. That was a great feeling. I wish I could do that a million times more.

We had a couple of foul ups during the ride, mainly caused from misunderstandings. We will have those foul ups corrected for next year’s ride. I hope everyone forgives me and comes back next year for the second annual benefit.

I want to give a special thanks to the Terre Haute Police Department and Chief of Police John Plasse for the escort out of town. Thanks, guys, that was awesome.

I also would like to thank the Indiana State Police who I called on Thursday before the ride and they were to provide two police cars, one in front of our riders and one in back of the riders. They escorted us all the way to Nashville, Indiana. Our ride was non-stop all the way. Thanks, guys. I also want to give a special thanks to Channel 10 News, Rondrell Moore, for the airtime and the interview for the “Ride To Jail/Wounded Warrior Benefit.”

I want to extend thanks to all the veterans I met while doing this benefit. It seemed like every time I started to question myself about why I was doing this, I would run into a vet who had a real interesting story about their tour of duty. When I heard their story I realized just why I was doing this benefit and I would be as excited as I was in the beginning. The next time you meet a vet, shake his hand and thank him for his service. Not only does it make them feel good, but you as well.

Thanks again to everyone and you all know who you are. I hope to see all of you again next year for an even better ride. Just remember this was a practice run and you know what they say “practice makes perfect.” I hope to see you all next year.

—Jay “Birdman” McClain

— Rose K. McClain


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