We are gearing up for the 13th Annual Ridin’ Hawg Wild motorcycle ride for 2022. Ride will be on Saturday April 23, 2022.
My next decision was what to do and where to have this fundraiser. My part time employer had bike nights at the time and I knew some amazing folks that came in to enjoy a night out with friends! After asking the owner, Sean Smith, if he would support the Ride at Big Rock Tavern, he agreed! I quickly got started planning to hold the Ride in October that year. When the first bike rolled in, my heart filled with joy!
You see, there is ALOT that goes in to putting together any fundraising event. Its tough. I have learned so much and made many mistakes, but when my family goes through a bad day/time with Sammy, that helps me remember why and how this all came to fruition.
In 2010, I was eager to make our Ride bigger and better! I approached the Barbecue Festival director, Stephanie Saintsing Nasat, to inquire if one of the official events involved motorcycles. She said they currently didn’t have any motorcycle events and was eager to help our cause. This is the year our Ride blossomed and became “Ridin’ Hawg Wild”!
After our 2016 Ride we came together to discuss ways to improve or change our Ride (as we do every year) and decided to make a significant change for 2017. For the past 8 years we have raised money for Autism Speaks. Everyone has been so generous to support our Ride and Autism Speaks as a result. With that being said, the whole reason this Ride started was to spread awareness for autism and for a very special little boy that was diagnosed with autism at age 4. Over the past 13 years we have been blessed with a significant increase in participants and sponsors. I can’t thank everyone enough! There are some big hearts in our country!
I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt, without every last volunteer, Ridin’ Hawg Wild would not exist.
Thank you for walking through this journey with my family and thank you for loving us through it.
I would love to hear your story and will do anything in my power to be your listening heart.”
This year, thankfully, Sammy’s needs are being met so this years proceeds will go to special needs children to help with therapy services or medical needs not covered by insurance.
-Mandy Ellis Kiser