1,900 mile Ride Benefitting Special Olympics to Make Stops in Spruce Pine and Dobson, NC
Name of Event: Dream Ride Experience to Benefit Special Olympics Stops Twice in North Carolina
Date/ Time: Monday Aug. 17 (Switzerland Inn) Spruce Pine, NC @ 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 18 (The Depot Restaurant at Cody Creek) Dobson, NC @ 11:40 a.m.
– 12:45 pm.
Location: Switzerland Inn, 86 High Ridge Rd, Spruce Pine, NC 28777
The Depot Restaurant at Cody Creek, 112 Old Depot Ln, Dobson, NC 27017
Description: It’s time to make dreams come true again as motorcycle and exotic car enthusiasts hit the road for the 15th annual Dream Ride Experience. This traveling road show will leave PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, on Aug. 15 and will work its way up the mid-eastern states to Farmington, CT, spreading good will, T-shirts, medals–and money to Special Olympics programs along the way. “Changing the world one smile at a time,” is the motto of the Dream Ride, as smiles abound as the miles unwind. The Dream Ride will make two stops in North Carolina. The first stop is on Monday Aug. 17 at 3:45 p.m. at the Switzerland Inn in Spruce Pine. Special Olympics NC athlete Georgia Stamey will welcome the riders to NC during a meet and greet with athletes. During the second stop on Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 11:40 a.m. Special Olympics NC athlete Roger Johnson will thank the riders for their support as they enjoy lunch at The Depot Restaurant in Dobson.
Once the 6-day caravan north reaches Farmington, CT, the Dream Ride Experience culminates in a 3-day international extravaganza, Aug. 21-23. The event includes a motorcycle rally and ride for thousands of bikes, a dream car cruise and car show, delicious food, live entertainment, country music performances from Big Machine Record artists, pet adoptions, celebrity appearances, family fun and celebrations of the Special Olympics athletes accomplishments. Tears of joy, hugs, laughter and excitement abound as over 100 Special Olympics athletes from across the U.S. and the world, gather at the Dream Ride Experience at the extravaganza to unite, support and celebrate the accomplishments of individuals with disabilities. While the athletes gain recognition, participants gain insight into the value of sharing their motorsports passions with others. The North Carolina delegation includes five athletes: Romas Gabrielli of Wake Forest, Roger Johnson of Kernersville, Anne Kessler of Greensboro, Scott Clark of High Point and Billy Quick of High Point. Mrs. Carmel Kessler of Greensboro will be the Head of Delegation and accompanying her as chaperones will be Dave Kessler of Greensboro and Esther and Guido Gabbrielli of Wake Forest.
“We call it the ‘Dream Ride Experience’ because it is not just an event, but a true experience for all involved,” states Michael Bozzuto, a grocery industry magnate, who started the fun and fundraiser as a motorcycle ride with some friends, which grew into the multi-day, state and country celebration with thousands of riders, classic car parade and a juried collector car show. The concept also grew in scope and now includes Canada, Australia and St. Kitts in the West Indies to become “Worldwide – One Cause.”
Whether riders join at various legs of the ride, attend at the beginning or end, or just support a rider or athlete, “Register, ride, donate, sponsor, volunteer, and/or participate today!” is the Dream Ride’s request. To participate, donate or volunteer, visit www.dreamride.org or call 561-310-6591.
The Dream Ride Experience is the signature event of The Hometown Foundation, the non-profit umbrella that covers a myriad of beneficiaries supported by the Dream Ride Experience. The name indicates the Foundation’s priority in keeping the funds raised locally within each community. Special Olympics, pet rescues, military veterans and support for charities that help children and fight diseases are among the top concerns of The Hometown Foundation.
The Dream Ride is sponsored by: Aqua Turf Club, Farmington Club, Bozzutos’ Inc., Campus Customs, Connecticut’s Farmington Valley, Dasani, Kanner & Pintaluga Law PA, Monster Energy, Harvest Properties, The Hometown Foundation, IGA, Papa’s Chrysler Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Revelation Productions, Steinger, Iscoe & Greene Injury Lawyers PA, The Michael Fux Foundation, Town of Farmington Connecticut Fire Department, Western Beef, Big Machine Label Group, Ferrari Concorso, Go Baby Go, Timothee Lovelock, the Enforcers MC, Kuryakyn, Vance & Hines, Progressive Suspension, Biker’s Choice, Cardo Systems, Wizards Products, Dimmitt Automotive, V-Twin City. GEICO, Montano Motorsports.
The Dream Ride is a multi-day and multi-event benefit that raises funds and awareness for The Hometown Foundation, which in turn funds Special Olympics programs in many international communities. The charity also supports pet rescues, US Military Veterans and organizations that fight diseases and support children and those with disabilities. What started as a charity motorcycle ride, grew into a 15-year, ever-growing event that now involves Canada, Australia, New Zealand, St. Kitts/Nevus and cities and towns from the Southeast through New England. The Dream Ride starts at PGA National Spa & Resort and culminates in Farmington, CT for a 3-day extravaganza including motorcycle rides, collector car shows, concerts, sporting and entertainment events and awards presentations. Hundreds of Special Olympics athletes attend from around the world to be recognized for their achievements. The Dream Ride, Worldwide, One Cause.
About Special Olympics North Carolina
Special Olympics North Carolina offers year-round sports training and competition for nearly 40,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities. These athletes inspire greatness through their success and provide motivation to the thousands of coaches, sports officials, local program committee members and event organizers involved in Special Olympics statewide. SONC offers Olympic-type competition in 19 sports on local and state levels. Visit Special Olympics North Carolina at www.specialolympicsnc.com. Engage with us on http://twitter.com/sonc_beafan; http://www.facebook.com/SpecialOlympicsNC and http://www.youtube.com/BeAFanSONC.