…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 a 78-mile route through Smithville, Plattsburg, Lathrop and end at the Manor with a celebratory finish!
~ Adapted from the Liberty Tribune as written by Reporter, Stacy Burt
It was absolutely perfect. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. With sunny skies and unseasonably cool temperatures, hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts converged on the campus of Immacolata Manor Sunday, June 30, for the 16th annual Janey’s Ride.
Thank you to everyone for contributing to the almost $50,000 that was raised for the Manor at this year’s event! In true form, Ed’s Posse out did themselves again by donating $25,000. Ed’s Posse is a group of motorcycle riders from all over Greater Kansas City who participate in a variety of charity rides each year; with Janey’s Ride being a particular favorite. Unfortunately, Janey’s Ride was different for Ed’s Posse this time around. The group’s founder, Ed Hale, suffered a mild heart attack the day before the ride and was recovering from a stent procedure Sunday at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. “It’s my favorite ride of the year, and I’m stuck in the hospital,” said Hale in a phone interview.
The event started at 8 a.m. with a biscuits-and-gravy breakfast served by the Gladstone International Order of Odd Fellows. Pre-ride activities included bidding on silent auction items and vendor booths from a number of area sponsors.
The official count had 332 registrations, resulting in 290 bikes & 422 riders on ride day, and more than 100 volunteers assisted along the route.
The Merry My Day Chorus sang the national anthem and other patriotic favorites to kick off the 78-mile ride through Liberty, Smithville, Plattsburg and Kearney.
Riders stopped in Plattsburg for a complimentary lunch provided by Farmland Foods, The Landing, American Legion Post 97 and the city of Plattsburg. The event concluded at Immacolata Manor with more live music from the Merry My Day Chorus and a member of Mojo Saint, as-well-as the announcement of winners from the Bike Show, Dice Roll, Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. When all was said and done, the event netted its largest profit yet of $37,574. All proceeds from this year’s ride will help fund the expansion to a new facility at 236 W. Mill St. for the My Day community integration/day habilitation program.
We are especially grateful to the Janey’s Ride Committee for their continued dedication and commitment to this ride: Dennis & Carol Barker, Duncan Barnett, Bill & Victoria Dunfee, Jeff Heishman, Jeff & Laurie Knights, Ryan & Donna Hicks, and Amie Francois.
Be sure to mark your calendars for Janey’s Ride 2014 on Sunday, June 29 and 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.”