Ben was very special beloved Border Collie whose life was taken too soon by a hit and run driver. In his memory and in honor of the Prairie Paws Animal Shelter homeless animals awaiting their champions supporters took part in a 100 mile scenic motorcycle ride of Franklin & Douglas Counties starting at Forest Park in Ottawa, KS on Saturday, August 13, 2016.
The Run For Ben started out six years ago just as an idea when my family was mourning the loss of our beloved Border Collie, Ben. When we started we had NO idea what we were doing. The first year we raised a little over five hundred dollars for Prairie Paws Animal Shelter. This year, thanks to the riders who participated, the staff and volunteers at PPAS and our generous sponsors, we raised just under $3,000. Mom and I want to extend our thanks to the people who helped make this year’s ride another success!
First, thank you to our sponsors. These are Ottawa area businesses who support the ride and help make it possible. They include People’s Bank, Kansas State Bank, Trendel Lumber, the Steve Norris Agency, Goppert State Savings Bank, Cottonwood Animal Hospital and Bones Rock Yard. We appreciate your support a great deal!
The Eagles Lodge in Ottawa has kindly hosted our ride’s after party free of charge for four years now. We appreciate their hospitality!
The Ottawa Police Department once again provided us with a great escort through downtown Ottawa as we rolled out onto the ride. Thanks to them for their support!
Thanks to Petco and PetSmart in Lawrence, DIY Supply and Orsheln’s in Ottawa and Rawhide Harley Davidson in Olathe for providing door prizes and items for all of our riders’ gift bags. Your support made everyone’s ride a little more fun!
Thanks to the Rock Machine for providing great music for our after party. All the band’s members are animal lovers and made a point to have a spot on their calendar for us this year. Thank you so much!
Thank you to Centropolis Christian Church for providing breakfast during registration.
Finally, thanks to PPAS director Melissa Reed for all your efforts as well as Jackie Bennett for making sure the after party’s food was fantastic as usual. Frank Downing and Charles Weber were invaluable in helping make the raffle for the 1977 Honda Goldwing a success. On the road, Jason Farr and Danny Converse helped get our riders through intersections safely. And finally thanks to all the PPAS volunteers who helped out with registration and the after party.
We are so glad that so many people have joined us this year for a great ride and a great cause. We are very much looking forward to next year. See you then!
James and Roberta Compton