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Another great year for the Triangle Area Ride for Kids. The weather was idyllic and the crowd was great. A lot of motorcycles showed up for the event again this year. The ride itself was great. The organizers picked a great route and the Chatham County Police did a wonderful job escorting the ride and taking care of the traffic for us. The ride was a non stop 50 or so mile ride through beautiful country that included a loop around the traffic circle in Pittsboro, NC. The loop through that circle is neat for the kids riding in the sidecars at the front of the procession because it allows them to loop back and see all the hundreds of motorcycles riding behind them. This year I had the honor of being among the top 5 individual fund raisers at the event. I was called up on stage with the other 4 individuals. Thanks to all the people who supported me and gave so generously I raised $3,220 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation this year earning me fifth place among the top fundraisers. It was quite an honor and a big thrill. I share that honor with all of you who donated, because without your generosity and caring it would have never happened. So thank you once again everyone for your support. The ride this year raised $126,207.95. If memory serves this is the second highest amount in the Triangles Ride’s six year history. It is a fantastic effort by all the riders who participated to be able to raise that much money even in today’s economic climate. Click the picture of the sea of motorcycles below to view a slide show of some of the pictures I took at the event. If you look beyond the Boss Hoss motorcycle in the foreground you can see the motorcycles stretching far into the background. There were easily over 400 motorcycles at this years ride.

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Now onto the business at hand. The winners of the Fuente cigars so generously donated by my friends Billy and Juan and the folks at CigarsDirect.com. I truly appreciate their support of my efforts for the Ride for Kids. They were incredibly generous in providing such amazing cigars for this years drawing.  I had a lot of entries again this year.  This time instead of writing names 20, 40, or 70 times on little red tickets I printed them all out this year.  Then I cut them out and threw them in the box for the drawing…

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The box was shaken up to get those names mixed up real well and the first name out was for the box of OpusX Perfection No.5 and the winner is… Lou the Whale from TheHerfHut.com cigar forum.

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Next up was the box of Añejo No.49’s, and the winner is… JohnLongIsland of Social Cigar.

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The final box is the Hemingway Classic maduros which goes to… EODCole of the BOTL.org forum.

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Congratulations to the winners. I will be making every effort to send out your cigars this week. And I want to say thank you again to everyone who donated. I really appreciate your help and support. The money raised will go a long way in helping these brave children and their families as they cope with this terrifying disease.  I also want to thank the forums that allowed me to get the word out about this charity and my fund raising efforts.  Thank you to BlowinSmoke.net, TheHerfHut.com, BOTL.org, InternationalCigarClub.com, SocialCigar.com, and VintageCigarClub.com.  The cigar community is full of amazing and generous people.  Thank you so much.

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