2015 Mike & Heidi Memorial Ride & Walk to Kick off in Merrill
The second annual Memorial Ride, remembering Mike Kitchen and Heidi Pratt, is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2015.
Registration will begin at Merrill Millstream Park in Merrill, Maine beginning at 8:00 am. Some riders will rally at Houlton Power Sports between 8:00 am and 9:00 am, then riding as a group to MMP. This year, the North Country Cruisers will be supporting the event as well. Especially exciting, is the ability of some, without motorcycles, to travel the route in a vintage automobile. This will be limited to number of North Country Cruisers participating and available seating.
Registration Fee is $10 per rider. Participants will receive a raffle ticket for several surprise raffle items as well as a barbecue of Italian sausage, Hamburg, hot dogs, salads and hopefully lots of desserts. A patch, which is traditional for the motorcycle community, has been developed and will be available for purchase.
Opening ceremony and a safety briefing will be held at 10:00 am.
Riders will depart at 10:20 AM for an approximately two hour run, a route often ridden by Mike and Heidi. There will be a 15 minute break at Irvings in Sherman. The motorcycle riders will be followed by members of the North Country Cruisers. Depending on the turnout, each group may travel in opposite directions to minimize the traffic line.
Riders will gather back at MMP at approximately 12:30 for what is planned to be a delicious barbeque with plenty of food. There will also be ten “Raffle Baskets” donated by various individuals and businesses. Tickets will be sold on these throughout the morning and the raffle held at approximately 1:30 pm. Throughout this period, smaller items will be raffled with the tickets handed out at registration.
Proceeds from this event will go into the “Mike and Heidi Memorial Fund.” This fund is administered by the Merrill Millstream Park Committee. It enables events at MMP for kids. For example, it will pay for the goodie bags handed out to close to 100 kids during the annual “Christmas in The Park.” Also, this past year a scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior from S.A.C.H.S. and Houlton High School, with the intent of this being an annual event as long as funding allows.
Many people have already expressed an interest in helping. There are five ways individuals or organizations can help: 1) First and most important, attend the event 2) Provide a dessert to compliment the barbeque 3) Help increase the Mike & Heidi Memorial Fund by purchasing raffle tickets and/or a patch during that day 4) Financial donations toward the costs, allowing all registration fees and raffle tickets to go directly into the Mike & Heidi Memorial Fund. 5) Finally, several volunteers will be needed to help with traffic, food, etc. during the day. Those wishing to help out can contact Ken Bustard (659-2018), email Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send a facebook message.