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Red Cross to hold 'Ride for the Red'

June 17th, 2014 4:00 pm by Katherine Scoggins

Red Cross to hold 'Ride for the Red'

All photos courtesy of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee.

The American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee will hold its fifth annual Ride for the Red, a 100-mile motorcycle ride through Northeast Tennessee, to benefit the American Red Cross on Saturday, June 21.

Sponsored by Pepsi, Food City, J.A. Street and Associates General Contractors, and WJHL, the ride will begin at the Pepsi Bottling Group, located at 905 East Lakeview Drive, in Johnson City. Registration will be held from 9 to 9:45 a.m., with the ride beginning at 10 a.m.

There is a $25 registration fee, which includes a T-shirt, snacks and drinks along the route, and dinner. The ride will conclude with dinner at Backbone Rock Recreation Area in Shady Valley, Tennessee.

Proceeds from Ride for the Red provide assistance to those living in Northeast Tennessee who are impacted by disasters. In the summer, likely disasters include fires, floods and tornadoes. The Red Cross also provides brochures, pamphlets and apps to help residents recognize and prepare for disasters.

"This time of year, our area is very susceptible to severe storms and tornadoes," explains Glenda Bobalik, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Northeast Tennessee.

"Having an area in your house that has been designated as a safe place, one that is supplied with flashlights, batteries, non-perishable foods, bottled water, and copies of important documents, plus having an evacuation plan in place will help keep the family safe," she explained.

For information on disaster preparedness, contact your local Red Cross office. In addition to disaster preparedness, the Red Cross offers classes on babysitting safety, CPR, swimming safety, and many more important subjects.

For more information, or to register for a class, call 423-765-4222. Or visit                                                  

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