The annual Rumsey Ride For STARS has topped $47,000, raising its 29-year total to well over $800,000 for STARS Air Ambulance.
The ride has enjoyed three decades of success, and the sun shined (and the wind blew) again on this year as 152 riders took to the trails around the Bar TL Ranch on Sunday, August 12. Long time rider and volunteer Ernie Goddard praised the work of the volunteers.
“It takes people to do what we have done for 29 years,” said Goddard.
Truly riders of all ages took to the trails; the oldest being Marvin Donaghy at 89 years old. He was presented a special gift in memory of longtime organizer Jacqui Goddard. Also awarded was the youngest rider, 3-year old Easton Comte. He was also one of the top junior fundraisers.
While they are still working on the final total for the event, through pledges alone the riders raised $40,500. The top fundraiser was Lynn Tanner who raised $9,225. The top raising junior rider was Rylee Jones who brought in $3,154.
Also contributing to the total were the Poker run, Gooch’s Gang’s lunch, the Rumsey Firefighters Breakfast, the Country Cookers Dinner, and the silent auction.
The Rumsey Ride for STARS is one of the charity ’s longest running fundraising events, and it shows no sign of slowing down.