COLUMBUS, Ga., May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Columbus businessman Scott Ressmeyer and 11 friends have started their 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles, a 21-day, 9,000-mile, 48-state motorcycle trek to raise awareness and money to benefit Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. The Miracle Send-Off Ceremony was held at 11:30 a.m. Friday morning, then at noon, the riders revved up their Harley engines and roared out of The Medical Center.
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What began in 2009 as a one-time, solo trip to commemorate Ressmeyer's 50th birthday, has turned into an annual event that now includes additional riders. In 2010, 11 riders made the trip; In 2011, 14 riders participated; In 2012, 14 riders made the trek.
This year's riders include Mike Langford of Cataula; Larry Suits, Rick Stinson, Brian Brock, Raymond Eckel and Butch Thomas of Columbus; Mike Jolley of Hamilton; Gary McDowell of Manchester; James Cole and Brad Hansen of Midland; and Ronnie Wilson ofSalem, Alabama. In addition to taking time off work and funding all personal expenses associated with the ride including hotels, meals and gasoline, each of Scott's Miracle Riders is committed to raising at least $2,500 to participate.
In its first four years, Scott's Ride for Miracles raised more than $430,000 for neonatal and pediatric services at The Medical Center. Ressmeyer says the ultimate goal now is to raise $1 million over the course of the Ride.
The Miracle Riders will visit patients at several CMN hospitals along the way. The riders will visit BSA Children's Hospital in Amarillo, Texas, on May 7. The riders will then stop at the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, on the morning ofWednesday, May 15. During a stop in our nation's capitol in the third week of the ride, the 2013 Miracle Riders will visit the Children's National Medical Center on May 23.
The Miracle Riders will also contribute to a blog to journal their travels. People interested in following their blogs may log ontowww.rideformiracles.com. Once the journey begins, people may visit the same website to track the riders' route in real time. The riders can also receive direct messages at #srm2013.
Providing support for the event include Presenting Sponsor Mercedes Benz of Columbus; Event sponsors Aflac, Chattahoochee Harley Davidson, Columbus Tape and Video, Columbus Visitors Bureau, Country's Barbecue, Neonatology Associates, TSYS; and Bike Wrap Sponsors Front Porch of the South, Leisure Lifestyles, McCauley Propeller and Wells Fargo Bank.
The 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles received a special donation at the kickoff ceremony in March. The Grainger Foundation has donated $50,000 to Scott's Ride in support of The Children's Miracle Network at The Medical Center. This donation was recommended by Brian Brock, Branch Manager of W.W. Grainger, Inc.'s Columbus, Ga., location, and 2013 Miracle Rider. Grainger has been a part of the Columbus business community for more than 23 years as the leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair, and operating products. The Grainger Foundation, an independent, private foundation based in Lake Forest, Illinois, was established in 1949 byWilliam W. Grainger, founder of W.W. Grainger, Inc.
Anyone can make a donation to the 2013 Scott's Ride for Miracles by logging onto the event's website at www.rideformiracles.com.
SOURCE Columbus Regional Healthcare System
Web Site: http://www.rideformiracles.com
MILWAUKEE, May 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor Day in Milwaukee will be firing on all cylinders as tickets for headlining performances during Harley-Davidson's 110th Anniversary in Milwaukee, including music superstars Toby Keith, Aerosmith and Kid Rock, will go on sale at www.h-d.com/110tickets starting at $24.50 each on Monday, May 6 at 8:00 a.m. CST.
Keith will perform Thursday, Aug. 29; Aerosmith will take the stage Friday, Aug. 30; and Kid Rock will round out the epic weekend of music Saturday, Aug. 31. Each headline concert will be hosted at Marcus Amphitheater, located on the south end of Milwaukee's Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds).
In addition to the headlining performances, the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary celebration in Milwaukee will feature more than 60 bands who'll take to the festival stages of Henry Maier Festival Park (Summerfest Grounds) Thursday, Aug. 29, through Sunday, Sept.1, 2013. Bands scheduled to perform include ZZ Top, Bret Michaels, Cowboy Mouth, the Doobie Brothers, Dropkick Murphys, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Brantley Gilbert, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and Gaslight Anthem.
Two ticket packages are currently available at www.h-d.com/110tickets, which offer access to the Summerfest Grounds for all three days of festival stage performances. Additional 110th Anniversary Celebration activities in Milwaukee include fan-organized rides, a massive parade, activities at the Harley-Davidson Museum, parties at participating Harley-Davidson dealerships and street parties around the city.
About the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration
The Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary is a year-long, global celebration connecting millions of Harley-Davidson fans united by a common bond and shared passion for freedom, self-expression and epic adventure. Included in the official 110th Anniversary calendar are 12 different 110th Anniversary experiences that Harley-Davidson will bring to existing motorcycle events in global markets through September 2013. The events span 11 countries on six continents and are capped by two main celebration events in Rome, Italy, inJune 2013 and Milwaukee during Labor Day weekend.
Harley-Davidson fans are invited to learn more about the 110th Anniversary and join the celebration online where they can share videos, images and experiences on Facebook, Twitter with the hashtag #HD110, and at www.h-d.com/110.
Plan Your Visit to the Harley-Davidson Museum
Timed ticketing reservations for the Harley-Davidson Museum are required during the 110th Anniversary Celebration and are available exclusively at www.H-DMuseum.com beginning April 29 for Museum members and May 6 for the general public.
There are many activities planned at the Museum including the AMD Invitational Custom Bike Show, H-D Museum Custom Bike Show, Museum Members-Only Lounge, new product displays, a JUMPSTART® Rider Experience featuring 2014 motorcycles, a limited number of small wedding ceremony packages, custom culture artisans, outdoor concessions and live music. All outdoor activities are free.
About Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit Harley-Davidson's website at www.harley-davidson.com.
SOURCE Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Web Site: http://www.harley-davidson.com
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