News From Terre Haute, Indiana

Opinion

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

Brazil

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
Latest News
TribStar.com Poll
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Raw: Black Boxes of Downed Jetliner Turned Over Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Israeli Aircraft Hits Dozens of Gaza Targets Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -

     

    March 12, 2010

activity