Tammy and Roger Messer, owners of the Southern Roadhouse Saloon in Rockingham, along with Danny Hayes of House of Fish and Oma Lawhorn of Ellerbe, are hosting their annual Crusin for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Carnival this weekend.
The team decided to step it up this year with a carnival for all children in the area to be involved in such a good cause. It will be at the Southern Roadhouse, 640 McNair Road, Rockingham, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. Entry will cost $3 per child, excluding children younger than 6 who will be admitted free. Children’s Karaoke, corn hole, a bouncy house and games will be available for the kids.
“Since the benefit is for children, we want to keep the children involved,” said Lawhorn. “Our goal this year is to reach $10,000.”
Last year around 90 bikers from the Rockingham and surrounding areas helped to raise about $4,000 for the hospital.
This weekend’s event team is excited and hopeful to see many friends and supporters. Bikers will meet Saturday, April 13, at the House of Fish, 801 E. Broad Ave., Rockingham. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to noon. The ride donation will be $25 per person or $30 per couple. Kickstands will be up by 12:30 p.m. for an afternoon ride to Morrow Mountain.
“We try to pick something a little different each year, but everyone seems to really enjoy the ride to Morrow Mountain,” said Tammy Messer. “We have confirmed at least three motorcycle clubs for attendance such as the Wingmen, Ghostriders and the Ole Skool. It grows a little more every year.”
In an effort to help, Danny Hayes and House of Fish staff will be serving up $5 bowls of shrimp and grits as well as fish and grits Saturday morning, during registration. Fifty percent of proceeds from the bowl sales will be donated to St. Jude’s children.
“I’m really excited because it is a great cause,” said Hayes. “There will be a lot going on that day and maybe people taking a break between ThunderFest and the truck race, will be drawn in for our world famous shrimp and grits.”
Motorcyclists are expected to return shortly after 5 p.m. to food, auction, raffle and door prizes.
St. Jude has developed protocols that have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancers from less than 20 percent when the hospital opened in 1962 to 80 percent today. The hospital has treated children from across America.
— Staff Writer Cassidy Odom can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 16, or by email at email@example.com.