That morning, Kingsport Cycles will hold its first ever motorcycle run fundraiser to benefit the organization. Proceeds will go toward the club’s Great Futures campaign, which funds general operating expenses.
“We still need to raise about $59,000 to reach our goal,” said Tina Pasquale, director of development and communications for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport. “This money is critical for operating expenses at four sites in the region. We offer outstanding, data-driven character development and educational programming for kids 6-18, but we can’t do it without basic expenses like electricity, insurance (and) transportation costs covered.”
When: The ride will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, rain or shine. The first bike will go out at 9:30 a.m., and the last will head out at 11.
What: Participants will travel through Sullivan, Scott and Hawkins counties, stopping at all four Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport sites. Prizes, giveaways, T-shirts and Woodstone Deli burgers will be available at the end of the ride, and cars are also welcome. This is a dice run, meaning there will be prizes for the best or worst cumulative dice rolls from each site.
Where: Register at the Boys & Girls Club off Stone Drive in Kingsport. Riders will stop at three other Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport units — Rogersville, Weber City and Riverview in Kingsport — and end at the Ron Ramsey Agricultural Center in Blountville.
How: Participants can pre-register or learn more at www.kbgc.org. Those who pre-register by midnight on Aug. 21 will receive a discount and a free T-shirt. Participants can also register at the club’s Stone Drive location on Aug. 24. The cost is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger, with a $5 pre-registration discount available.
Why: “This motorcycle ride is a great opportunity to not only raise general operating funds to support our mission, but to give folks in each community a chance to tour our sites in Sullivan, Hawkins and Scott counties,” Pasquale said. “We appreciate Greg Easley and the staff at Kingsport Cycles for seeing our need and offering to sponsor this motorcycle ride. All proceeds come to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kingsport and will help with daily after-school programming costs. We appreciate everyone who joins the ride on Saturday.”