By Joel Hall
Motorcycle riders, comedians and celebrities are expected to gather July 18 in Jonesboro, and ride 50 miles to support single mothers and their families.
The Serve and Save Our World Foundation's Charity Motorcycle Ride will begin at Luella's Restaurant and Sports Bar at 7955 Tara Blvd., in Jonesboro. As part of an effort to raise $25,000 for the organization, riders who register will travel from Jonesboro to Interstate 285 West, to I-20 East, to I-75/85 South and back to Jonesboro, starting at 11 a.m.
Sherry Mallory, executive director of Serve and Save Our World, said the charity ride will benefit its Mothers Are Moving Ahead (MAMA) program, which provides support, counseling, financial resources, and energy assistance to single mothers, and the foundation's Youth Uplifting Youth (YUY) program, which helps high school dropouts get their GED.
"This is our third-year anniversary, celebrating single parents and youth in the community," Mallory said of the Riverdale-based nonprofit. "I used to be a single mother and it's not easy making it with one income or no income, so my heart goes out to single parents. We need funding for our administrative costs and our programs throughout the year."
Serving as the event's grand marshal will be comedian, Don "D.C." Curry, a mainstay on Black Entertainment Television's "Comic View" series and an actor featured in the movies "Next Friday," and "Friday After Next."
Comedian "Bo P" will serve as host for the event and featured musical artists will be rhythm-and-blues artist, "ZAC, The Singer/the Servant," and gospel singers, Bernard and Gloria Collier.
Rickey Reeves, daytime manager of Luella's on Tara Boulevard, said the event will be the first charity bike ride hosted by the location in its year-and-a-half history. He said he believes the event will help raise money for a good cause and bring attention to both The Serve and Save Our World Foundation and the restaurant.
"You see so many of our young kids out on the street," Reeves said. "This is a good opportunity to help the business also, and the neighborhood itself."
According to Mallory, promotional and raffle items will be given away throughout the day by various sponsors, including MetroPCS, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Harley-Davidson of Clayton County, and Chick-fil-A. Mallory, who has hosted similar events for Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless, and the Heartburn Foundation, said she expects a large turnout.
"I've found that the biker community supports various charities ... they're very supportive," Mallory said. "We're anticipating at least 250 riders, at the minimum."
Same-day registration for the event will take place at Luella's at 9 a.m. The first 100 people to register at the price of $20 will receive a souvenir patch and one meal ticket to Luella's. Registration for the ride alone is $10. For more information, call (678) 651-0914.