What a ride, even if you didn’t!

Saturday, June 2, 2012 was our first “2 Wheels 4 Paws” Charity motorcycle ride for our shelter. It had been in planning for right at 6 months. I had always wanted to do this type of fundraiser but not being a “biker” person, it just wasnt happening. Then Diana (her and her husband David love riding) decided to take on the challenge, and boy what an amazing job she did!  Thank you Diana for stepping up to the plate and hitting it out of the park!

Now, anyone that knows me knows that I am a big ball of emotions most of the time but it’s just me 🙂 I always love seeing the big biker convoys all riding for a cause. There is something about seeing that that brings a lump to my throat. Well, it was definitely more than a lump with our ride!

The craziness of planning a big fundraiser is full of ups and downs and adrenaline, and the closer you get the more things go wrong and the knot in your stomach gets tighter. Up until about the last week prior to the ride, we really didn’t have a lot of riders that had signed up. We learned some lessons as in all 1st time fundraisers and we didn’t get the word out enough that people needed to pre register for the event (the registration included catered food and we obviously didn’t want to order more food than we needed and the caterer needed notice.

Jump to June 2, 11am and there are 43 bikers lined up to leave Rawhide Harley in Olathe for a 80 mile (a long scenic route) trek to the shelter. Yes, 43!! I was at the shelter getting ready and set up there, so Nicki filmed them leaving there and I was going to film their arrival. When the riders were 2 miles out, we all awaited alongside the road they would pull in on at the shelter. My heart was racing and my eyes were welling. It was such an amazing and heartwarming sight to watch these 40+ bikers pulling in to the cheers of us “non bikers” waiting at the shelter. Each rider chose a HELP Humane resident to “ride for” and tied a picture onto their bikes showing who they were riding for. Could there BE anything cooler?!

So, I wept as they pulled in trying to film it and clap and yell at the same time. I will attach the link to the video at the end of this blog. Animals don’t get choices in their lives, some end up with fantastic lives, others barely get to live at all and still others never even know love. There was something powerful about all these people in their tough guy/gal garb thundering down the highway together to help homeless animals. Most of the riders wanted to meet the animal they rode for, how special is that?  

So, I dabbed my tears and watched them get off their bikes and just savored the moment of awesome people helping awesome animals. A few minutes later, I gave Diana a big hug saying “awesome job”. What an incredible event, can’t wait until our 2nd annual ride!

Thank you to all of you that rode, our fantastic sponsors, those that donated raffle items. all the volunteers that helped it go incredibly smooth all day, the non riders that joined us for the after party, Scratched Vinyl, the band that performed during the after party for free(!), Tracy who designed our adorable logo for the ride, Lisa who donated the sponsor banner, if I left you out, it was certainly not intended, I plan to send personal thank yous to everyone. It was a day that will live in my memory, even though my brain is overflowing most of the time, there will always be this special memory there. Thank you to all that helped create it for our babies, you are all ROCK STARS!!

Enjoy the videos! From them leaving Rawhide Harley in Olathe and then arriving at the shelter, there are 2 different links to the videos 🙂 departing video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9V2cEc7SoE  and arriving video   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8DWXwrGpn4&feature=relmfu


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    Lisa Meyer said,

    All I can say is AWESOME 🙂

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