Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2020 Zoo Run Safari for Children's

Written by  October 2, 2020

  Well, with all the weirdness, cancellations etc going on everywhere right now, we shouldn't be surprised that it would also affect this years Zoo Run Safari for Children's event, Saturday, September the 26th, 2020.

The biggest blow right off the bat was the fact that the Zoo has had to cancel group events for now, so we weren't unable to have our Stars with us or take them to the Zoo; kinda took the wind out of my sails right off, but it is a fundraiser for Children's of Alabama as well so we decided to move forward with that part of the days events.

 

  And of course, we ran into more complications in the planning process of that as well. Express Oil, who is one of our generous suppliers of "goodies" for our swag bags for the riders, had NO items due to the "no-contact" in place at the moment, but they did give us discount coupons and O'Reilly's stepped up (as usual) and gave us a ton of stuff for our bags; I love these people!

  Then Golden Flake bailed on us, first time in 15 years, but Winn Dixie in Trussville along with Frito-Lay stepped in and filled our chip order towards lunch, Winn Dixie in Pinson stepped in and donated a ton of water, Bud's Best Cookies (Love these people too) they donated cookies like they always do for all of our charitable events and Rusty's BBQ in Leeds, who has partnered up with us to donate sandwiches for over 15 years not only donated the sandwiches but also gave us individual little cups of pickles and sauce (due to the Covid crap!), that was a lot of work, and we can't begin to tell them just how very much we appreciate them. Coca Cola dropped us a trailer off loaded with drinks, water and ice, and Donna & Troy were back to man it. We set the food up in the back window so folks could just make their way around gathering lunch items; they had their own little food truck going there. They had a blast and we greatly appreciate them.

  We also had NO shirts this year!

Our registration venue, the Barber Motorsports Vintage Museum along with the park, has had to cancel ALL of their big events but allowed us to go ahead with our plans there as long as we kept everything out in the parking lot (we usually register them inside the museum) and we had to comply with the state mandated Covid guidelines.

  One of our sponsors, the Alabama Law Tigers dropped us a tent to work under and had a "crew" there to join us in the day’s activities, which we not only appreciated but also enjoyed the company, and I think they enjoyed it as well. We love these guys, they are so supportive, they also did us up some really cool ride cards to distribute along with the fliers that our friend Lisa does for us, and they supplied the bags for the Swag bags and items to go in them.

Vicky & Paula manned the registration for us (thank you ladies) and we had Mr. Jeff Ray representing the museum and overseeing the release forms for the riders getting on the track, which he also led.

  It was kind of an overcast day for the most part, which worked in our favor to keep the heat down. 

There were a few small groups that had rode in from various places to tour the museum, had no idea what we were doing but when we approached them about what was going on, we ended up with a handful of them joining us, they too had a blast and were glad I went and pulled them from the parking lot. A few others just came and made a donation, which we also greatly appreciated.

  Jeff "Bama" Rich was on hand to deliver the prayer over the event and to pray over our food, then Jeff Ray gave the safety speech before leading the group out on the world famous track for a few laps. I got on the flyover bridge to get a few pictures. Its just so very pretty back there behind the museum, I could spend all day back there. 

  After the lap experience, instead of heading to the Zoo for lunch etc. we all headed back up to the registration location for lunch.

We are so very thankful to ALL the riders that came out in support of Children's of Alabama, and we have to give a special shout out of gratitude to our "Spyder" group along with our CMA bunch that never disappoint when it comes to showing up in support of ANYTHING we do regarding kids! They are just the nicest, most generous, loving group of people you'd ever hope to meet much less have a part of your life!

  This year’s event was dedicated to one of our 2019 Stars, Warrior Peyton Abernathy. We had a large poster made of Peyton from last years ride that was donated by Staples, that we had everyone sign so that we could give to his mom, Michelle and sister Anna Grace to show her how much his extended family, the biker community love him and that he will forever remain in our hearts.

I hope and pray that everyone survives this Covid-19 and that we get back to some kind of normalcy SOON!

   

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