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Well another great year for the Ride for Kids is in the books. This years ride was a lot of fun in some very nice weather. There were a ton of people at the event this year. The line of motorcycles on the ride literally stretched for miles. There were all kinds of bikes there. Old and new. Cruiser and Sport. Even the highly unusual. Check out this dragon bike…
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I started off the morning with what has become my traditional pre-ride cigar.  A very good Perdomo Reserve Champange.
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I was able to exceed my fund raising goal of $5000. This year I raised $5212.00 and was the fourth largest individual fund raiser at the event. Thank you so much to all of you who donated. Your support is greatly appreciated and the money will go to do a lot of good for these sick children and their families. Unfortunately they changed things up on me this year. I did get called up on stage, that is me in the black shirt on the left…
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However unlike last year when I got to talk about my fundraising and thank my donors, this year, I didn’t get a chance to speak. Only the top 2 fundraisers got to hold the mic and talk this year. But all the same, it was nice to be recognized at the event. The ride raised $114,734.58. The Kids holding the big check are some of the kids your donations go to help. there are amazingly brave and resilient kids and every year the highlight of the event is when the kids are given the mic and we get to hear from them and what they are up to in life and what they enjoy doing.
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Ok, so now onto the last part of this great event. Time to announce the winners of all the cigars. I need to thank again the businesses that made these great prizes possible. Thank you so very much to Billy Ferriolo and Juan Panesso of CigarsDirect.com for providing the Opus X and Hemingway cigars. Also a very big thank you to Hal Rubin of Empire Cigars and to Sam Leccia of Nub and Cain Cigars for the Box of Nubs and Cain F sampler. These are very generous men and great businesses that deserve our thanks and support.

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Winner of the CigarsDirect.com box of OpusX Love Affair is Justin Bill
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Winner of the CigarsDirect.com box of Hemingway Short Story is Lou the Whale
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The winner of the Empire Cigars box of Nubs is Robert Moran
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The Empire Cigars Cain F sampler goes to Joe Gallo
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The OpusX xXx 5 pack winner is John Trihas
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The winner of the Tatuaje Sampler is Brian Patton
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Winner of the Oliva Serie V 5 pack is R A DeBoer
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The first random 5’er goes to Lou Thourot
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The second random 5’er goes to Richard Rollins
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Thanks again to everyone for your help and support and for making this year’s ride such a huge success!

-Matt

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