Buddy Robuck was inspired by his niece, Lisa Horner — an active participant in the Richmond County Special Olympics — to start giving back to the organization that means so much to her.
This will mark the third year that Robuck has sponsored and organized a motorcycle ride to benefit the organization.
“His niece has moved away, but Buddy still wants to help the local group because of all it does for people with special needs in the county,” said Becky Cody, event organizer.
“Being able to participate in Special Olympics allows the athletes to create friendships, experience sports and have opportunities that many of them would not otherwise get,” said RCSO Area Director Lindsay Polaski. “The local fundraisers are crucial because there is no charge for the athletes to participate. The funds help provide year-round competitions, uniforms, equipment and travel around the state.”
On Saturday, registration for the ride will kick off at 11 a.m. at Buddy Roe’s Private Club, located at 188 Billy Covington Road, in Rockingham. Kickstands will go up at 1 p.m. and riders will take a scenic tour around Richmond County.
“The ride is open to the public, and we’re inviting everyone who wants to support this wonderful organization to join us,” said Cody.
Donations for single riders will be $15, or $20 for doubles. Donations include a barbecue plate at the end of the ride. Commemorative T-shirts will be sold for $10. Special packages will also be offered: package one is $30 and includes entry for single riders, a T-shirt, 10 50/50 raffle tickets and the barbecue plate; package two is $45 and includes entry for double riders, two T-shirts, 10 50/50 tickets and two barbecue plates. There will also be an auction after the ride, and door prizes will be awarded.
For those who don’t want to ride, but want to stop by and support the cause, barbecue plates will be sold for $7. Five or more plates can be delivered. All proceeds will benefit Richmond County Special Olympics.
For more information call Becky Cody at Buddy Roe’s at 910-410-0344.
“We are so appreciative that Buddy Roe’s has continued to support the Richmond County Special Olympics,” said RCSO Coordinator Cathy Hoggard. “They take care of everything during their fundraisers, and I certainly hope they have a good turnout this year. Their donations help us send our athletes to events all over the state.”
— Staff Writer Kelli Easterling can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 18, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org