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The Silver Anniversary celebration of The Chicago TFT Motorcycle Parade continues with exciting, special events, the latest being the annual Financial Gift Presentation. The work of our members has enabled us to over $80,000 to more than 30 charities and individuals in the area.
On May 16, 2003, dozens of representatives from these groups came to the Stempien VFW to accept our gifts to them. This also gave them an opportunity to meet our Parade members, and to tell us some of the ways in which they help children in need.
There were some very heartfelt, emotional stories, many about how the funds would be used to buy medicine or food or clothes.
Some of the recipients included;Boy Scout Troops 616, 897 and 1605
Camp Quality USAChildren Habilitation Center SouthCornerstoneCystic Fibrosis Ride for a CureDuPage Easter SealsFreedom RunGreen Ribbon RallyGuardian Angel HomeGus Foundation-Zoom for ZackIllinois Burn Camp-Safety AllianceKathy BalesrtiLAMA-Vaugh SchoolLawrence HomeLawson BenefitLincoln Challenge AcademyLittle Angels RideLydia Home AssociationMaryville AcademyMedinah Motor CorpsMisericordia HomeOperation BlessingPark Lawn BenefitRenegade Riders-Sickle Cell Anemia FundRide for Kids-Pediatric Brain Tumor AssociationRobert Regan FamilySaint Joseph Carondelet CenterSertoma CentreSouth Suburban Needy Family FundStempien VFW PostValentine Boys and Girls ClubYoung MarinesWith an additional $24,000 used to purchase even more toys, this year's total of funds distributed is already over $100,000!Thanks to all our members who made this possible, and thanks to everyone who purchased The Parade's 25th Anniversary memorabilia, raffle tickets, etc.
Gift Presentation Broadcast on Motorsports Unlimited
Now you can see the Chicago TFT Parade Gift Presentation on the latest Motorsports Unlimited as Bill Wildt meets with some of the representatives from the selected charities and many of our Parade Volunteers.
Watch Sunday, and Monday and Tuesday, depending on your location and cable company.
Check your local TV listings for your time and channel, or see the complete schedule on the Motorsports Unlimited website at www.MSUTV.com .
TFT Loses Member
Chicago Parade member Julia Maxson passed away last month. She was a very young member. We want to extend our sympathy to her family and her friends.
Green Ribbon Motorcycle Rally
The first annual Chicago Green Ribbon Motorcycle Rally will be held on Saturday, June 14. This exciting event is organized by the Gastro Intestinal and Liver Disease Development Council for the benefit of the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center. Come to Plumber's Hall at 1340 W. Washington Avenue from 11am-5pm. There will be door prizes, live music, silent auction, raffles, refreshments, bike show, prizes, and much more.
The Honorary Chairman is Mayor Richard Daley, and "Cheers" regular George Wendt will make a special celebrity appearance.
Registration is $20 per person, with incentive awards for larger pledge donations.
For more info call 866-842-2003 or visit http://jcwhitney.com/images/green_ribbon_show_details.jpg
Benefit for Mike "Joker" Bending
After The Green Ribbon Rally head south to Joliet to support a veteran Parade Volunteer. Michael "Joker" Bending desperately needs our help to offset the bills from recent legal actions concerning the custody of his daughter.
Stop by at Mike's newly rebuilt home at 1208 Marie Drive in Joliet, north of Route 6 between Route 171 and Briggs Street, starting at Noon on both Saturday and Father's Day Sunday. There will be raffles, games and lots of fun.
Call 815-762-4527 for info or directions, or link to the map on the website's calendar, http://chicagolandtft.org/calendar.htm , and if you can't make it, please consider making a contribution. Your donation will be gratefully accepted.
Freedom Ride to St. Anne, Illinois
On Sunday, June 22, all motorcyclists are invited to ride together to the hometown of Ryan Beaupre, a Marine helicopter pilot and one of the first casualties in Iraq. Riders will meet at, and leave from Oasis 160 at 185th Street and Halsted Avenue, and ride to the Beaupre home in St. Anne for a short ceremony. Then the riders will return to the Oasis 160 for raffles, music, and more.
All riders are encouraged to carry an American flag on their bikes. Door prize donations would be appreciated.
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Greatest Motorcycle Parade" 2002
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