By JUDY SHERIDAN
The Moritz Ride for Heroes board of directors met at Railhead Smokehouse BBQ in Willow Park Thursday night to distribute $55,008 in proceeds from their 12th annual event.
The Aledo cycling event, which drew 1,158 riders, benefits three fire departments: Hudson Oaks, Aledo and Willow Park; the Parker County Sheriff’s Reserve and the Center of Hope.
A portion of the proceeds is also given to Aledo High School clubs that man the rest stops; the Texas Baptist Men Communicators, ham radio operators; the Weatherford Citizen Police Academy, which assists with traffic; and Bike Texas.
“This may be the smoothest ride we’ve ever had,” board president Dennis Thompson said. “I’ve heard that from pretty much everybody.”
Moving routes south of Interstate 20, avoiding intersections in Weatherford, was helpful, Thompson said, and riders seemed to enjoy it more.
Thompson gave kudos to the ride’s sponsors, saying the event raises as much in sponsorships as it does in registration.
“I think that says a lot for the community,” he said, thanking Jim Hardick, of Moritz Dealerships. “Moritz has been a sponsor since the beginning. They’re always Johnny-on-the-spot, right there.”
This year more than 20 members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team, sponsored by the Bush Legacy Republican Women’s Club of Weatherford, turned out for the event.
“They were blown away and said no one treats them like that,” Thompson said. “They loved the whole ride and pledged to come back.”
So far, the Ride for Heroes has given out $452,823, Thompson said, and next year the board hopes to top half a million.
“It’s probably one of the most successsful rides in the state,” he said.
By JUDY SHERIDAN
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Holy Grounds Coffee & Gifts, at 108 Jearl Street, is hosting a series of outdoor movies in their parking lot at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 23.
Admission is free and feature drinks are half price during the films. “The Amazing Spiderman” is Aug. 2, followed by “Tangled” on Aug. 9, “The Lego Movie” on Aug. 16 and “The Avengers” on Aug. 23.
For more information, call 817-440-7770.
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