…The Best Motorcycle Ride In The Northland
is the Manor’s primary fundraising event, held the last Sunday of every June. This group ride, through the rolling hills of the Kansas City Northland, starts at the campus of Immacolata Manor where ride captains Victoria Dunfee and Duncan Barnett, take riders on an 82 mile route through Smithville, Plattsburg, Lathrop and end at the Manor with a celebratory finish!
Sunday, June 24, 2012, marked the ride’s 15th Anniversary as 254 bikes and 368 riders joined together to travel the blacktop through the beautiful northland countryside. Registration opened at 8:00 a.m. and the ride departed the campus of Immacolata Manor at 11:00 a.m. All registered riders enjoyed a dice roll, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, generator raffle, rider packets filled with valuable coupons and offers from ride sponsors, vendor tents, as-well-as meeting the residents of Immacolata Manor. Those who arrived hungry enjoyed a benefit breakfast of hearty biscuits and gravy prepared and served by the Gladstone International Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF). A complimentary lunch was provided in Plattsburg (sponsored by Farmland Foods and The Landing).
Janey’s Ride also offers the opportunity for riders to enter a free bike show, hosted by the Gladstone IOOF. Class categories include: Touring, Cruiser, and Sport. Two additional trophies are awarded for Best of Show and Resident’s Choice (as chosen by the residents of Immacolata Manor). All Bike Show winners were announced and trophies distributed at the ride’s finish. These trophies, custom made from pistons, are a one of a kind treasure.
To assist residents of the Manor further, riders are encouraged to gather pledges. Last year, Ed’s Posse blew us away when they showed up in force and presented Manor staff with $11,700. This year, Ed’s Posse presented Manor staff with an incredible, record breaking $20,500!
At the ride’s finish, riders enjoyed a “bike night” environment at the Manor with the band Surreal, vendor tents, food and refreshments. The silent auction concluded and prizes were awarded. The winner of the 2012 Yamaha Generator, sponsored by Liberty Cycle Center, was John Juenger. The winner of the 50/50 raffle generously donated his winnings of $248 back to the Manor. And to add to the excitement, Dave & Harlan, from Liberty Cycle Center, raised $1,251 in their beard shaving competition.
The ride’s success is attributed to the country’s biggest-hearted motorcycle riders, fabulous volunteers, and very generous sponsors/donors/vendors. Efforts from generous community partners truly make a difference toward ensuring the success of this event, as does help from a swarm of community volunteers. Mark your calendars for Janey’s Ride 2013…June 30. SPREAD THE WORD!
“ADULTS WITH I/DD HAVE LOWER LIFE EXPECTANCIES THAN THOSE IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. WHILE THIS POPULATION IS A DIVERSE GROUP, ADULTS WITH I/DD RARELY MARRY, HAVE LIMITED SOCIAL NETWORKS, AND ARE OFTEN POOR.”