Taylor Hicks Fans to Ride Shotgun with Ride 2 Recovery on September 11
When the group leaves the New York area on September 11, fans of musician Taylor Hicks will be riding at the back of the pack. They’ll ride in the pack, and on the back of cyclist Vann Schaffner throughout the 530 mile event. Thankfully, the Soul Patrol is a light load to carry.
As a participant in Ride 2 Recovery’s 9-11 American Challenge, Vann will cycle from Liberty State Park in view of the World Trade Center, to the United 93 Memorial in Pennsylvania, and then to the Pentagon Memorial. The eight day ride will honor the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States and will include survivors, family members, and first responders from 9-11, as well as wounded veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the general public.
While injured veterans ride free, remaining cyclists are asked to actively fundraise, and will each donate at minimum $2998 to Ride 2 Recovery; that’s $1 for every victim of the 9-11 attacks. Vann’s personal goal is a $5000 donation.
Last month we had proposed to adopt Vann for the purpose of supporting Ride 2 Recovery, and had asked the Soul Patrol to co-sign the papers (http://bit.ly/kWkoQP). In return, the Navy veteran had offered to embellish the back pocket of his 9-11 American Challenge jersey with a “badge” that would acknowledge the fans’ support. Today, we’re happy to announce that the papers have been signed, and the targeted donation of $500 has been exceeded ($677 raised to date). The Soul Patrol badge is in the pre-approval phase.
The design below has been generously donated by graphic artist Jennifer Jacobs and shows Taylor Hicks’ Soul Patrol in a ring of support around Ride 2 Recovery and a central star, consistent with the patriotic theme and colors of previous challenge events.
Once approved, the design will be professionally printed on a weather resistant, fade proof tyvek treated material for use during the 9-11 ride. The badge will measure approximately 7.5 x 5.5 inches in size, suitable for application to the jersey’s back pocket. It will provide a visual affirmation of our support for Ride 2 Recovery and our military.
When the design is finalized and printed sometime later this summer, we look forward to sending every donor to this project their own Soul Patrol “badge”. We hope that you will pin it proudly to your own cycling jersey or save it as a souvenir of your participation in this project. You are part of a community, the fan of a celebrity, and the supporter of an organization that not only cares, but puts caring into action. Simply put, you rock!
While the initial goal has been met, we do hope that new donors will continue to come forward. We’d like to have as many fans as possible participate in this American Challenge project, regardless of donation level. Vann has offered to recognize additional contributions as well. If fundraising reaches a level of at least $1000, our designated cyclist will have the Soul Patrol badge design transferred to a temporary tattoo (or similar), and wear that tattoo during the Challenge ride.
It’s easy to participate. Follow this link: http://www.ride2recovery.com/r2r-sponsor-a-rider.html and then “Sponsor a Rider” by entering the first (Vann) and last (Schaffner) names of the rider. Donations are accepted via PayPal, bank account, or credit card. Donations in any amount are tax deductible. No amount is too small (or too large!). Regardless of the final total dollar amount raised, we will be thrilled and proud if a sizeable number of fans choose to ride shotgun on this project.
To ensure that donations are credited to the group, please email us at taylorhicksnews at gmail dot com to let us know you’ve submitted a donation. We’ll need the donor’s full name in order to doublecheck with Ride 2 Recovery that all contributions have been added to Vann’s rider’s page and credited to the Soul Patrol.
Please accept our sincere gratitude for your ongoing support of Ride 2 Recovery and the 9-11 American Challenge. All contributions support the non-profit’s rehabilitation programs for servicemen and women with physical and/or mental injuries.
Addendum: The Ride 2 Recovery Normandy Challenge is currently in progress in France. Wounded warriors and supporters are cycling through historic World War II sites. Please enjoy a few photos of the Challenge below, and visit the non-profit’s Facebook page for more information and photographs: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Ride-2-Recovery/158096691111