Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Letters to the Editor

April 30, 2014

Ride for PRIDE well supported

April 30, 2014 — The editor:

Local support led to the success of the Ride for PRIDE Benefit, which was the first-ever fundraising event held by Eastern Kentucky PRIDE, Inc.

The Ride for PRIDE Benefit was held April 2-6, at the London Drag Way and Daniel Boone National Forest. Participants paid an entry fee to ride horses, camp, enjoy concerts and shop local vendors.

They also could buy raffle tickets for an ATV and saddle. Brenda Mahan won the new 2013 Kawasaki Brute Force 300 ATV. Kathy Baird won the Miller riding saddle.

The Ride for PRIDE proceeds will allow PRIDE to continue assisting volunteers and local governments with environmental cleanup and education projects across 42 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky.

We want to thank all the people who attended Ride for PRIDE, as well as all the groups that helped us create it. This was a brand new event, and we could not have pulled it off without the local organizations that came together to support us.

We appreciate the investment made by our Ride for PRIDE sponsors, who were Clear Channel Lake Cumberland, Don Marshall Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Forcht Bank, Forcht Broadcasting, Malvery Begley and Darrell Cook, and Waste Connections of Kentucky.

We are grateful to the performers — County Wide, Holdin Horses, South of Sanity and Travis Wayne — who donated their time and talent to put on excellent concerts over two nights.

We also want to thank all the people and organizations that donated items or services to help us out. They were Air Methods, Budget Inn/Host Inn of London, Burkman Feed of London, Bush Fire Services, the City of London, Day Brothers RV, Greg Greer, Kentucky State Police, Laurel County Ambulance Service, Laurel County Detention Center, Laurel County Fiscal Court, Laurel County Judge-Executive David Westerfield, Laurel County Sheriff Department, Laurel County Solid Waste, London-Laurel County Tourist Commission, London Drag Way, Sully’s Burnside, Swiss Colony Volunteer Fire Department, Tri-County Cycle Sales of Corbin, US Forest Service, Whayne Supply and Whitley County Judge-Executive Pat White, Jr.

To view photos taken at the Ride for PRIDE Benefit, or to buy an event T-shirt, visit www.facebook.com/EasternKentuckyPRIDE.

Tammie Wilson

Eastern Kentucky PRIDE

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