Dream Rider Chapter I Biking for Children is having a Crawfish Boil & is taking place in Cotter Ark. Sat. April 14th 2018 …… so if any of y’all happens to take a little weekend getaway & end up in Cotter Ark. please come out & support Chapter I ….ITS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS !!!! …. thank you
For three years now, in November, we have hosted a stew cooking fundraiser. Houston Fire Department is very gracious in letting us use their facility, being right off the square in Houston makes it very convenient.
It takes a lot of time making about 30 gallons of stew, but it is well worth the time to raise money to help kids that may not have a Christmas this year.
Since our first year of hosting the stew cooking, we decided to set this money aside to help with Christmas for local families in need. We all know that whether you get a Christmas gift or not is not a necessity, but the community we serve is so loyal in coming together to help us put smiles on those kids faces, simply because we love the kids of our community.
We had friends come from out of town just to get a bowl of stew and also other Dream Rider members took the ride down to spend the day with us.
Our new Sister “Sunshine” Katlyn Grace also showed up to lend a helping hand. She always brings such joy to all of us. She has overcome some huge obstacles in her short little life but wants to come help us anytime she can.
Every year the first weekend in November there is a festival held in Vardaman Ms, it is usually a very big deal, celebrating the harvest of Mississippi Sweet Potatoes.
Dream Riders Chapter H was privileged enough to be able to go and set up to get our mission out to the people of Calhoun County. We have made so many friends and have new family members there as well, we have been very blessed.
Katlyn Grace has become one of our biggest fans and the best little sister we could have. If you remember we had a benefit for her several months back. She has come a long way and has an awesome story to tell.
Another highlight of the day was meeting Mrs. Mississippi United States 2017, Marisa Lepard Farr, she was excited about learning about Dream Riders and all we do.
It was defiantly a great day giving out lil goodies to the kids and informing new friends of what all we do.
Chickasaw Co Development office ask Chapter H again to assist and help Houston PD with traffic and crowd controll for the anual Halloween Boo Bash held on the town square Oct 31, 2017. It is such a full filled time to get to see all the kids dressed up and having a great time.
It is also a privaledge to get to assist the Houston Police Department. The men and wonen in the department have showed support to us on many occasions.
We were invited once again to host a bike show along side the Cruz’in Car Show. For the second year it has been held at the court square in our quaint little town . We have a beautiful court house and enjoy having events there.
There is just something about being from a small town and knowing so many friendly folks. The Car show was started by a friend of ours Allen Moore a pharmacist from the area. His idea was to host the car show with a free registration, grill hotdogs give them out for free, what ever was done he wanted it to be a free event to the public so friends and family could have something to be proud of attending.
Dream Riders Chapter H was invited to participate with a Bike Show, and it has proven to be a success every year. We try to get really cool trophies, something a biker would be proud to show off. There is a best in show and a kids choice. We try to make it interactive for the kids, so for a child to vote they have to actually hang a smiley face tag on the bike mirror.
We usually have a pretty good day.. giving away free popcorn, toys and usually a prize from a drawing.
Thank you to all who came out and participated, to help make this a success,
Dream Riders Biking For Children was honored when a friend of ours decided he wanted to do a fundraiser for us. Normally it is Chapter H doing all the work, but not this time.
Robbie Pipkin is his name. He came to us and presented this event to us that he had done this as a fundraiser in the past and wanted to do it for Chapter H this time. His idea was simple, or so it seemed, see Robbie is in a wheel chair, and he wanted to ride the Tangle Foot Trail from Houston Ms to New Albany MS and back – a total of 88 miles. Robbie was shot by a stranger when he was in his early 20’s, he has not let that slow him down or restrict him from accomplishing any goal he has.
The Tangle Foot Trail is an old rail-road bed that has been converted to a walking track. There were an obstacle or 2 to get passed before this event could be completed. Robbie’s plan was to do consecutive 88 miles but The Tangle Foot Trail has a curfew and no one can be on it after dark. So he had to make different arrangements for the ride.
So, what he decided to do was, he was driven to New Albany about 3 am, then he hit the trail, so he could arrive back in Houston about 4pm. And then do the same thing again the next day, completing the full 88 miles.
It was not all smooth sailing for Robbie, on one pit stop he meet a man an woman on bicycles, the lady had a seizure, and fell off her bike, Robbie tried helping get her bike out of the ditch and hurt his hand really bad. As you can imagine the 2nd day of ride was not easy. Robbie never complained about his hand and did not tell anyone about it (he didn’t want anyone feeling bad for him). He went on to complete the full 88 miles in record time.
This just goes to show you that all it takes is determination to accomplish anything. No matter what adversities you face!
Dream Riders Biking For Children Chapter H is honored to have Robbie Pipkin in their corner lending us a helping hand so we can help other.
Dream Riders Biking For Children, Chap. H was invited to speak about community service. Vardaman, MS K-4 class have been learning about how important community workers are to the public.
We were able to share with the class that not every community server is paid to do the things they do. We are all volunteers and the only compensation we ever consider accepting is all the smiles on the kids faces when we are out and about or at an event.
There is no doubt about it, Children are our future.. So much potential and so much talent is sitting right here in our local schools, attending our local churches and other events. Never turn down an opportunity to simply ask a child “WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP”.
Also, a huge shout out to all of the teachers that spend their days with our kids and grand kids. Yes, they get paid to do their job but most go above and beyond what their duties call for.. and we “THANK YOU” for that.
And thank you for all you do… if not for you all this would not be possible.
August 26th, Chapter C hosted their first annual Open Shoot and Competition at Ground Zero and Tactics.
There were several competitors that should up and showed out, but the winners came down to Shannon Muse Long Range Rifle Competition Winner and Johnny Hancock Pistol Competition Winner!
We would love to have you plan to attend next year as we hope to be bigger and better. We could not do what we do without the support of the community. Our events help us get to know others better and also allow to tell you personally THANK YOU for participating.
1st Annual Competition and Open Shoot!
Congratulations Shannon Muse Long Range Rifle Competition Winner and Johnny Hancock Pistol Competition Winner!
THE DAY @ SARDIS LAKE THIS YEAR WAS A GREAT EVENT, THERE WERE DREAM RIDERS THERE FROM ALL OVER MISSISSIPPI AND ARKANSAS. WE ALL CAME TOGETHER TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT HAVE HELPED US OVER THE PAST AND TO SHOW CONTINUAL SUPPORT FOR THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WE HAVE HELPED THROUGH THE YEAR.
WE ALL ENJOYED THE HAMBURGERS, HOT DOGS, AND BBQ. I WAS SUCH A GREAT TIME OF FELLOWSHIP GETTING TO KNOW NEW DREAM RIDERS AND VISITING WITH OLD FRIENDS.
BUT THE TRUE BLESSING COMES FROM MEETING THE FAMILIES OF THE CHILDREN WE HAVE SUPPORTED, AND SEEING EXTREMELY SICK KIDS GETTING TO RUN AROUND AND PLAY AND FEEL NORMAL FOR A DAY.
NOT ONLY DO WE GIVE BUT WE RECEIVE ALSO “CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLE ASSOCIATION”, THE PARK RANGERS, THE FIRE DEPARTMENT, AND MED FLIGHT WERE ALL THERE TO SHOW SUPPORT TO US AND LET US KNOW FRIENDS IN ALL CORNERS OF THE WORLD!
Join us in the Annual Bridgette Raines Memorial Scholarship Ride
The first Sunday in June is a special day for all Dream Riders, it is set aside to honor Bridgette Raines. Bridgette was a very special young lady to the men and women who started Dream Riders. She was in an accident that involved a drunken driver, she became a quadriplegic because of this accident. She is why Dream Riders was founded. No one is ever prepared for a life changing accident, including the Raines family, that’s when Dream Riders stepped up and formed this organization to help this family and others like it.
Bridgette passed away in September of 2003, Dream riders prepare this annual event to provide a scholarship for a deserving child. This event not only is a time of fellowship for all Dream Riders but a reminder of why we do what we do, and to always have a helping hand ready.
Come out and join us for food and fellowship and also the bike ride!!
Our benefit for Katelin Grace was a huge success. It is truly one awesome feeling to know that just a few hours out of your day that is given freely can truly make a life long change in someone else’s life.
Our day was hectic but all worth it. We started out serving TACO’S IN A BAG. If you have never had this, you must try it. Take a small bag of Doritoes chips, cut the side of the bag (crush the chips first), add taco meat and cheese insert fork and you are done. Quick – one handed – fast – and GOOD!
The Church provided popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and a jumper for the kids to play on.
After lunch several bikes showed up to participate in the ride – the seemed to enjoy the 80 mile ride.. And when they came back they were ready for their plate of spaghetti. Spaghetti that we patiently stood over and stirred noodles for being careful not to let any scorch.
After everyone enjoyed all the spaghetti they could handle, we had our auction. It was truly overwhelming at how people give out of the goodness of their hearts to complete strangers. The biggest blessing was that Katelin Grace stayed through the whole event. She may be just sick kid to some people but to Chapter H, she is one strong, determined, and beautiful young lady!
So, at the end of the day, we are here as the same o’le Dream Rider Chapter H, just a group of friend from all walks of life that just want to lend a helping hand and a hand up.
Saturday, May 6th will be all about Katelin Grace and All Bout The Kids!
Grace Fellowship Church in Derma, MS same parking lot as
The day will start off as a fun day for kids..there will be jumpers ..games.. popcorn..cotton candy.. you name it and it will be there for the kids..
At lunch there will be a motorcycle ride, registration starts @ 1pm – ksu @ 2pm – meal is included.
From 4 -5 we will be serving a meal of spaghetti, slaw, bread, drink and desert.
or a taco in a bad (your choice). Both will be awesome..
Katie Grace just turned 8 ys old .. she has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and is living Monday through Fridays at St. Jude. At this time she is still able to come home on weekends, but that may not last long..she is such a sweet lil girl that comes from a good home and sometimes she is scared..so let’s makes this be a day she will never forget!
There will also be an action held that day.. there will be stuff from all around to be auctioned off to help this families financial needs and make Katie comfortable..