MC Mike “Professor” Montgomery talks with Wish child Jace about his trip to Hawaii to swim with dolphins as Wish children Kelsey and Alivia, volunteer Norma Glazebrook and Wish recipient Zach look on. DJ services were provided by Doug Jenkins, on the stage, of Xtreme Sounds Entertainment.
The second annual Ride for Wishes raised approximately $4,500 to help make wishes come true for children in Madison, Jersey, Greene and Macoupin counties who face life-threatening medical conditions.
The 70-mile ride Sunday, Oct. 4, was sponsored by the Southern Illinois Volunteers for Make-A-Wish Illinois and drew about 20 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 80 people had the chance to bid on auction items donated by local businesses. The club treated participants to hot dogs, brats and pulled pork, all supplied by Carver’s barbecue restaurant.
Money raised by the event will go to make wishes come true for children in the four counties.
“We appreciate the generosity of all the riders and donors who want to help put smiles on the faces of deserving children,” principal organizer Norma Glazebrook said. Glazebrook has been a Make-A-Wish volunteer for nearly 20 years.
This year the event included a blessing of the bikes by the Rev. Terry Diehn, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association, and a salute to the armed forces with participation by members of the Patriot Guard Riders. Mobile support for the ride was provided by members of the Lewis and Clark Radio Club.
Glazebrook said she hopes next year’s fall ride will bring an even larger turnout so more children will have their wishes granted.
In the last year, Make-A-Wish granted more than 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.