Chatham CBA Ride for the Council on Aging

On Saturday, February 23rd, Chatham County CBA organized a Polar Bear charity ride to raise funds and awareness for the Chatham County Council on Aging (CoA). Chatham County has two beautiful senior centers; one in Pittsboro and one in Siler City.

Forty-nine (49) bikers bought sixty-three (63) poker hands and raised a total of $600 for the CoA. The weather was a perfect 60 degrees and the ride was a beautiful 65 mile ride through the most scenic parts of Chatham County.

The ride was planned by Bruce Miles of Chatham CBA and escorted by nine Chatham County Sheriff's Deputies riding in seven police cars. They had the route completely blocked off and we never had to stop at a light or stop sign. These guys are GOOD. They were all volunteers who dedicated their time to support the community. We see these officers when things are going wrong, but we also see them when things are going right! Chatham CBA and the CoA would like to thank them for their time and dedication to the community.

The ride was organized by Becky Whitley from the Chatham CBA. Becky is Chatham's Motorcycle, Safety, and Awareness Program Instructor (MSAP). She and other Chatham members like Burnie Macomber and Wayne Glosson, go into high schools around Chatham County and teach the drivers' education students to watch out for motorcycles. The presentation takes about 90 minutes and the students and teachers seem to love it. The program also saves bikers' lives in North Carolina. Becky is a very positive, motivated CBA member and her meticulous planning and organization of this charity ride is what made it a success. We'd also like to thank Susan Graham and Wayne and Debbie Glosson for working the stops. Great job team.

The CoA volunteers greeted the riders with hot coffee and baked goods for breakfast and provided the hungry riders with a buffet lunch when the ride was over. Special thanks goes out to Mona Hanner and Angel Dennison for their hospitality. The CoA even had a DJ playing country rock music during our lunch buffet. Thanks to Big Time Party Band for their entertainment.

First place in the poker run was won by Angel Dennison who donated the money back to the CoA. Second place was won by Butch Ewing, who also donated his winnings back to the CoA. Buddy Pease from Apex "won" worst hand and a Lowe's gift card. At least twenty door prices were also awarded at the end of the run.

The CBA would like to thank all the riders who came out; especially our brothers from the Vietnam Vets MC, Cabarrus-Rowan CBA, and the folks who came in from Virginia. It was a beautiful day, a safe, enjoyable ride, and a fun time. Please see or the Full Throttle Events Calendar for our next event. Chatham CBA would also like to thank Full Throttle Magazine. Several of the riders that attended said they learned of the ride through Full Throttle Magazine.