Bikers rolled out of Batesville bright and early Sept. 18 for their annual Biker's For Babies Ride. Collectively, the local group which consisted of riders from counties surrounding Independence County, including Sharp and Fulton, raised $12,400 for March of Dimes.
Among the local riders were two groups of three generations bikers and many who have ridden every year since the ride began 16 years ago.
Biker's for Babies is a yearly fundraiser for March of Dimes, an organization which supports research to help prevent birth defects and premature births.
Nearly 40 riders gathered at Showroom Motors before departing at 7 a.m. Sept. 18 for a stop at Toadsuck Park in Conway and on to the Clinton Presidential Library where the group met up with over 600 other bikers to present their donations to the State Director of March of Dimes, Mac Bell.
Bell said, this year, the group raised nearly $100,000 for March of Dimes.
The riders enjoyed a scenic ride that took them along some of the most beautiful stretches of highway in the state to their eventual destination in Little Rock.
Bikers who take part in the event raise money throughout the year and present it the day of the ride at various starting points in the state.
The rider who raises the most money was given the prestigious position of leading the parade of bikes into Little Rock.
Roy Dellinger, of Jacksonville was the person who collected the most money, for the March of Dimes. He was also the largest fundraiser last year. Dellinger raised nearly $14,000.
Of the two groups who rode with three generations of family, one has ridden in the event every year.
Robert Foster of Salem, his son Michael, grandson Zechariah and Robert's wife Jeanne made the trip to Little Rock. Robert also placed second in the state in the fundraising effort.
The family all loves to ride bikes and the trip was an opportunity for them to gather and do good for the community.
The Biker's For Babies Ride is an annual fundraiser for March of Dimes. Anyone interested in riding in next year's events may contact the March of Dimes for information regarding the fundraising as well as the bike ride at their Web site.