…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 Kearney, Lathrop, Smithville and end at the Manor with a celebratory finish!
The 17th annual Janey’s Ride, a benefit motorcycle ride for Immacolata Manor, toured 78 miles of KC Northland roadways on Sunday, June 29, 2014, netting $50,000.
The event kicked off at 8:00 a.m. at the Manor, with biker registration, a biscuit and gravy breakfast, silent auction, entertainment and a variety of vendor tents. Following a performance by the Merry My Day Chorus, safety reminders, and the national anthem, 253 bikes with 367 riders headed out at 11:00 a.m. toward Kearney for the first pit stop. Last year, 422 riders on 290 motorcycles participated in the ride.
The second stop was in Lathrop, with a complimentary lunch provided by Smithfield-Farmland, Cosentino’s Price Chopper and the city of Lathrop. Riders then headed to Smithville before arriving back at the Manor for refreshments and entertainment, as-well-as the announcement of winners from the Bike Show, Dice Roll, Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle.
Once again, the leading fundraiser for Janey’s Ride this year was Ed’s Posse. A group of motorcycle riders from all over the metro area, Ed’s Posse collected and delivered $25,000. Group leader Ed Hale has been involved in fundraising for Janey’s Ride for the past 12 years.
A portion of the proceeds from the 2014 event will go toward updating and remodeling the My Day facilities on the Manor campus.
Janey’s Ride was founded by Liberty Cycle Center (now LCC Powersports) owner Jeff Heishman in memory of his mother, Janey Heishman, who died of lung disease in 1996. In 2003, he teamed up with Kevin Broderick, founder of another motorcycle fundraiser, Over the Next Hill for Immacoalta Manor, in memory of his father, Bob Broderick, who died of lung cancer in 1998. The two rides were combined into one as a benefit to Immacolata Manor.
Janey’s Ride has a very dedicated and committed committee, most of which have been with the ride since it’s conception. We are thankful for Dennis & Carol Barker, Duncan Barnett, Bill & Victoria Dunfee, Jeff Heishman, Jeff & Laurie Knights, Ryan & Donna Hicks, and Sara Woolfolk for their service. It takes each and every person to make a difference. No action is insignificant. Each of us holds the power to change a small portion of events and make things better. Rider, Passenger, Volunteer, Sponsor, Donor, Entertainer, Vendor…that’s what you do by participating in Janey’s Ride.
We hope you will join us for Janey’s Ride 2015 on Sunday, June 28! SPREAD THE WORD!
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