UNION — A veterans service organization and a group that gives physically and/or mentally challenged children and adults the opportunity to play baseball will equally share in the $1,500 raised by Sunday’s “Thunder Road” event.
The “Thunder Road Motorcycle Show and Ride” was one of a series of events sponsored this summer by the Union County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with other local and area organizations.
The event included a motorcycle show on Main Street and a ride through Union County by the participating motorcyclists as well as live entertainment, food vendors, and an awards ceremony.
The goal of the event was to raise funds for the local Wounded Warrior Project and the Miracle League of Union County.
The Wounded Warrior Project is a veterans service organization that seeks to raise public awareness of and enlist the public’s assistance in meeting the needs of severely injured service members; help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; and provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of those veterans.
The Miracle League of Union County works to provide opportunities for mentally and/or physically challenged children and adults to play baseball. Earlier this year the league completed its first spring season and will begin its fall season in September. League games in Union County are played on the MLUC ball field at the Timken Sports Complex.
Chamber Executive Director Torance Inman said Thursday that Thunder Road “netted a little over $1,500 which we will be distributing equally to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Miracle League.”
While each group will receive a little over $750, Inman said hopes were that the event would raise enough funds so that each would receive at least a thousand dollars.
“We didn’t raise as much as we’d hoped because of a combination of lower than expected turnout and some additional expense,” Inman said “We had a little over 100 motorcycles participating and while that made for very impressive ride and show we were expected 200 or more motorcyclists.”
Inman said the lower than expected number was due to a combination of early morning rain which he said may have deterred some from participating and the fact that the event was taking place during the Labor Day Weekend.
Thunder Road was organized by the chamber in cooperation with the Union County Tourism Commission, Union County Recreation Department, Southern Legends Motorcycle Club, and the Christian Motorcycle Association.
Inman said that even with the lower than expected turnout, the motorcycle groups who help organize Thunder Road were pleased with how it turned out.
“All of the folks with Southern Legends and the Christian Motorcycle Association were pleased,” Inman said. “They thought it was a good first start event.
Inman agreed, adding that plans are already under way for next year’s Thunder Road which he said will be even more successful than this year’s.
“It was a great event and we enjoyed it,” Inman said. “We won’t have the additional expense next year that we did this year and our plans for next year I assure you will blow us away.”