As in the past I've used this section to let you know the general chaos of our lives; there are never enough projects on our already heavily loaded plate. But hey, what can I say, we like to stay full!
Our newest endeavor has been a partnership with the amazing folks at Racer Productions to have the FMF Steele Creek GNCC "go purple" to help raise funds and awareness for our March of Dimes team. If you've been following our family for very long, many of you know that we experienced a lot of health difficulties with our second child, Rionn. With a lot of time, surgeries, hospital stays and pain, Rionn will be celebrating his 5th birthday this September, and just got his first PW 50 and gear for Christmas.
Sadly, some families aren't as fortunate as ours and their little ones don't make it to their first birthday. Babies every day are born too early to survive or with life threatening birth defects. In fact, according to the bikersforbabies.com
site, 548 babies die every week due to complications from premature birth and birth defects. For our family, that's just not acceptable! I could spout facts and go on and on with stories of families I know that have experienced this tragedy, but my guess is if you think about it for about 30 seconds (or at least talk to your missus) you'll be able to come up with a quick list of people you know that have a baby born too early, or with life changing health problems.
The main fundraising effort for this event will consist of two big ticket raffles throughout the weekend: one with ATV specific prizes will be drawn on Saturday afternoon during the pro ATV race and the other with bike specific product will be drawn on Sunday afternoon during the pro bike race. In the spirit of competition, fun and spectator involvement, there will also be some exciting events taking place at the starting line of both the 10 a.m. amateur race and the 1 p.m. pro race.
100% of the proceeds from this event will go to support the March of Dimes.
So here's the deal:
1. If you're going to be in Morganton, North Carolina March 31-April 1 for the Steele Creek GNCC, come in style. Deck yourself, ATV/bike, pits, whatever in purple! If you're racing, stop by our tent next to the registration trailer to pick up your purple pom-pom and make sure you bring it to the starting line. Special discounts for purple graphics are being provided by our DirtWise sponsor, DecalMX
. (Powersport Grafx will also be running a special
); just let them know when you call that you need the special for "Steele Creek Going Purple" Finally, don't forget to purchase your raffle tickets!
2. If you're not going to be at the race, you can still enter the raffle. Tickets and information will be available on our website for purchase starting next week. Raffle tickets are 1 ticket for $5 or 5 tickets for $20. Stay tuned for a full announcement of what the prizes will be.
3. Whether you're coming to the race or not, help support the fundraising effort and show that the racing community wants every kid to be able to experience the thrill of a starting line or trail! Simply join our March for Babies team at
and send out a brief email to your contacts requesting their support (you probably won't be actually walking with us on April 28th, but that's ok! You can still join our "Racers for Babies" fundraising team). It's that easy.
|Noah Ogden born 12/15/11 (Las Vegas, NV) Courtesy of proud parents and fellow race enthusiasts Rhett and Teonne Ogden|