Thursday, August 11, 2016

4th Annual Moonshine Cowboys "Ride for a Cause" raises over $16,000!

Brandt Harley-Davidson in Wabash presented a check for $1,500 to Francine's Friends for their donation portion of the 4th Annual "Ride for a Cause" with Moonshine Cowboys. Shown left to right in the photo are Sean Stoner (Brandt's Harley Davidson General Manager), Glynda Harris (Francine's Friends Board Vice President, Sharon Simmons (Francine's Friends Board President), and Mark Shanks (Brandt's Harley Davidson Marketing Manager).  This is in addition to the over $16,000 the Moonshine Cowboys raised. Thank you FRIENDS!

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The threat of rain didn't stop riders from shining up their bikes and putting up their kickstands for the 4th Annual "Ride for a Cause" on July 30th. This year's event combined riders from Brandt’s Harley Davidson breast cancer ride with the Moonshine Cowboys "Ride for a Cause" — starting at two different locations, but ending up back together at Scotty's Bar for dinner, a silent auction, and raffles — all to benefit Francine's Friends.

Over 130 riders traveled from Wabash to Peru to North Manchester before returning to Scotty's Bar. Over fifty participants formed motorcycles into the shape of a breast cancer ribbon at Brandt's Harley Davidson for a wonderful tribute and "photo opt" before the official "kickstands up!" announcement.

The "fight breast cancer" fundraiser started when the Moonshine Cowboys and Toni & Robert Metzger from 95.9 KISS FM – WKUZ Radio got together four years ago.  Toni’s sister had recently passed away from Inflammatory Breast Cancer and she was looking for an avenue to help others fighting cancer. The Moonshine Cowboys are a group of motorcycle riders that have a common passion for helping their communities.  They share a love for the open road and a deep love for people and a desire to help anyone they can. The Moonshine Cowboys are also involved in many other events during the years including blood drives, adopting families at Christmas and other charitable rides throughout the year. The two groups planned and hosted what has come to be an annual "fight breast cancer" fundraiser that has grown every year, with the proceeds going to Francine’s Friends.

Click here to see photos from the 2016 event!