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 www.NCRider.com
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.