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Join the Ride to Rescue this weekend

Amy Leonard • Updated Jun 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Calling all Tri-Cities area motorcyclists and animal lovers!

The Jurnee's Journey Foundation's third annual Ride to Rescue will take place on Saturday, June 9, and there's still time for you to get involved. Ride to Rescue has increased in popularity to become a major fundraising event for Jurnee’s Journey Foundation and this year’s ride promises a lot of fun!

For the first time, the ride will be a “Poker Run” and include live music, door prizes and fun contests. The goal is to have a minimum of 100 participating motorcycle riders and to raise $5,000.

“Monies raised from Ride to Rescue this year will provide a lasting impact through the spay and neuter program,” says founder Jurnee Carr. This program works with Tri-Cities area clinics, shelters and rescues to help pay for spay and neuter surgeries for cats and dogs.

On June 9, Ride to Rescue will start at the event’s sponsor, Ken’s Cycle Center, located at 5510 Kingsport Highway, in Gray. Registration begins at 10 a.m. along with live music by Jon King and Ryan Asbury. The $20 per bike fee donation includes lunch and a chance at door prizes. At 10:45 a.m., announcements will be made including the winners of the “Best Tattoo” and “Longest Beard” contests.

Then it is “kick stands up” at 11 a.m. sharp to start the Ride to Rescue. The designated route will be all around the Tri-Cities through Gray, Johnson City, Bristol and Kingsport. There will be five poker run stops, and a lunch stop at Johnny Brusco’s New York Style Pizza, located at 1700 North Eastman Road, at 12:30 p.m.

The “Best Bike” contest winner and “Poker Run” winner will be announced at the end of the ride, back at Ken's Cycle Center, at 3 p.m.

Light rain won't stop the fun, but in case of extreme weather, an alternate date for the Ride to Rescue is set for June 16. Find the event page on Facebook to receive updates.

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation was founded by Jurneey Carr over 11 years ago, when she first visited an animal shelter, because of her passion for animals and their welfare. The motto is: “A voice for those who only have a bark or meow.” Their mission is “to provide support to local, national and international animal rescue and welfare organizations through various fundraising efforts,” according to Jurnee and their website. She continues to work tirelessly for this cause and is presently pursuing a masters’ degree in nonprofit management from Grace College.

Jurnee’s Journey Foundation encourages pet adoption from shelters and spaying and neutering to control the pet population and cut down on unnecessary euthanasia due to overcrowding.

“It is my hope to expand our reach to help even more animals with events like this one,” says Jurnee. For over a decade through donations and the hard work of Jurnee, her family, friends and volunteers, the foundation has raised over $60,000. In turn, 100 percent of funds raised were used to support over 50 different animal rescue and welfare organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

So, get ready to rev up your engine and Ride to Rescue! Not a motorcyclist or cannot participate on the day of the event? You can still donate money, blankets, food, cleaning supplies and more to Jurnee’s Journey Foundation. For more information or to reserve a group number for Ride to Rescue, visit the website at www.jurneesjourney.org or follow Jurnee’s Journey Foundation on its Facebook page.


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