The first weekend of June is when the annual Bridgette Raine’s Scholarship ride is held in Coffeeville MS. This year, 2018, happen to be the 20th year of our organization. So many children have taken hold of the Dream Rider’s hearts and allowed us to show them and their family love.
The winner of our Bridgette Raine’s scholarship this year was a young man by the name of Olton Kent. We wish him all the best in his future education and endeavors.
The day continued with great food and fellowship. With new and old members getting to know each other.
To wrap things up for the day was a bike show. So many great bikes to choose from its never easy on the judges, but they managed to choose some awesome bikes.
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!!
In November, Chapter A done their annual Ronald McDonald house supply run. They invited Chapter H to assist and be part of the action.
Once we finished shopping we carried the supplies straight to the Ronald McDonald house where they would be used and shared among the residents.
It was explained to us that each family has 30 days @ the home and once the 30 days are up they have to leave to make room for the next family. They can also be put back on rotation as often as need be.
We were able to take a tour of the facilities. Each room was set up like a motel room, there was a community wash room, with detergent and all other needs provided. Also, each family had their on kitchen area with a stove, refrigerator, cabinets and sink. Then their is a community refrigerator that would store goodies from local churches and community groups.
There was also a dinning room and living rooms for the families to use. There are no TV’s in the individual rooms so that the families are encouraged to spend time together.
It was a true eye opener to think about these families that need this support and how important Ronald McDonald is to families. It hit home thinking about how much we take for granite, when we have healthy kids.
We all look forward to next supply run, knowing we are lending a helping hand to those in need.