Master of ceremonies Mike “Professor” Montgomery holds forth as Wishes volunteer Norma Glazebrook, Wish recipient Alivia Miller and her friend, Hannah Seymour of Alton, look on.
The area’s first-ever Ride for Wishes raised more than $3,000 to help make wishes come true for Southern Illinois children facing life-threatening medical conditions.
The 60-mile ride Saturday, Oct. 4, was sponsored by the Southern Illinois Volunteers for Make-A-Wish, IL and drew 18 motorcycle riders and their passengers. The ride began at Ted’s Motorcycle World in Alton and ended at the Alton-Wood River Sportsmen’s Club, where more than 40 people had the chance to bid on prizes donated by local businesses. The club treated participants to hot dogs, brats and pulled pork from Carver’s barbecue in the Trap House.
The event’s proceeds will go to make wishes come true for children in Madison, Jersey and Macoupin counties.
“We hope to make this an annual event,” principal organizer Norma Glazebrook said. Glazebrook has been a Make-A-Wish volunteer for nearly 20 years. She and Wishes volunteer Kathy Eames were in charge of the ride.
At the club, winning raffle tickets were drawn by 11-year-old Wish recipient Alivia Miller of Alton. Her grandparents, Dave and Marty Aud of Wood River, were among the riders.
In the last year, Make-A-Wish granted nearly 700 wishes in Illinois. The average Make-A-Wish cost to make a child’s dream come true is about $6,000. Another $4,000 toward the wish comes from in-kind contributions from airlines and other private sources.