By Jason A. Smith
Employees of an area utility company are planning a fund-raiser designed to leave cancer in a cloud of dust.
Snapping Shoals Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) is organizing the 7th Annual Ride for the Cure, to benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life.
The motorcycle ride is scheduled for Sept. 25, at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., on the day of the event. The fee is $25 per rider, and $10 per passenger.
Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt and a ticket for door prizes, according to Snapping Shoals Communications Specialist Leigh-Anne Burgess.
The event will begin outside the Snapping Shoals headquarters, located at 14750 Brown Bridge Road in Covington.
Burgess said the ride has been successful in previous years, adding that Snapping Shoals generated $1,979 in last year's Ride for the Cure fund-raiser.
Wayne Kitchens, a coordinator for the event, is a line design foreman for Snapping Shoals, which serves portions of Henry, Newton, Rockdale, DeKalb, Butts, Walton, Jasper and Morgan counties.
Kitchens said the ride has been successful in generating interest from bikers since its inception.
"We've had as many as 130 bikes, which equates to about 160 to 170 people, because you have some people riding double," he said. "We've always had a really good route, so we feel like we do a pretty decent job of putting it together and getting it running."
Riders will travel through the Georgia cities of Monticello, Shady Dale and Madison, according to Kitchens. The fund-raiser will end near Rutledge, Ga., he said.
Kitchens is hopeful of participation from 150 motorcycle drivers for the occasion. The ride, he said, is an important venture for his company, because of the dangers posed by cancer.
"Snapping Shoals has always been community-oriented, and cancer affects so many people," Kitchens continued. "Everybody knows somebody that's been affected, one way or the other. We just want to raise money to find a cure for this terrible disease."
For more information, contact Wayne Kitchens, at (770) 385-2709, Kay Strickland, at (770) 385-2848, or Jimmy Smith, at (770) 385-2815.