Cour­tesy Ford hosts mo­tor­cy­cle ride, breast can­cer re­search fundraiser

The Covington News - - Newton at play -

Al­though Cour­tesy Ford Lin­coln Mer­cury doesn’t sell mo­tor­cy­cles, dozens will line up at the deal­er­ship in Cony­ers Oct. 4 for the com­pany’s sec­ond can­cer fundraiser and first Bike Ride for the Cure.

Be­cause Oc­to­ber is Na­tional Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month, Cour­tesy em­ploy­ees have organized an en­joy­able fundraiser from which all pro­ceeds will go to­ward the breast can­cer re­search ef­forts of the Su­san B. Komen Foun­da­tion.

Mo­tor­cy­clists can pre- reg­is­ter for the ride at Cour­tesy Ford for $ 25 or the day of from 9 a. m. to 10: 30 a. m. for $ 30. All rid­ers will re­ceive a T- shirt and a doo- rag.

“ Rid­ers will leave at 11 a. m. on a 75- mile ride through the Rock­dale and New­ton county coun­try­side to end up back at Cour­tesy,” said Peggy Ma­son, Cour­tesy war­ranty ad­min­is­tra­tor.

Ma­son said par­tic­i­pants can reg­is­ter a sec­ond rider such as a spouse for no charge.

“ We’re all re­ally ex­cited about it,” Ma­son said.

In ad­di­tion to the ride, Cour­tesy has sched­uled a few lo­cal bands to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment in front of the deal­er­ship’s show­room and in­vited 30 to 40 lo­cal ven­dors to set up booths for the event. Ven­dors in­clude busi­nesses such as Chick- fil- A, Shane’s Rib Shack and Ital­ian Ice.

“ Each ven­dor has to pro­vide and item to be raf­fled off,” Ma­son said.

Raf­fle items range from gift bas­kets to base­ball bats signed by At­lanta Braves play­ers. Tick­ets for the raf­fle cost $ 1.



the younger crowd will be pro­vided as well.

“ We’ll kind of have a car­ni­val set up for the kids with car­ni­val games, in­flat­a­bles and a dunk­ing booth,” Ma­son said. “ Sev­eral of our em­ploy­ees are go­ing to get soaked.

“ It’s go­ing to be so much fun.”

Ma­son said last year’s event, which did not in­clude the bike ride, raised only about $ 2,500 be­cause em­ploy­ees planned it in about two weeks af­ter a cou­ple of fam­ily mem­bers were di­ag­nosed. She said Cour­tesy’s goal this year is to raise $ 25,000.

“At some point can­cer has af­fected ev­ery­body,” Ma­son said, “ whether it’s their mother, brother, spouse or them­selves.”

When: beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 4 Where: Cour­tesy Ford in Cony­ers For what: fundraiser for the Su­san B. Komen Foun­da­tion Cost: $25 to pre­reg­is­ter for ride; $30 day of start­ing at 9 a.m.

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