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The first annual Rides for a Reason 2012 — an event-filled benefit presented by Dylan’s Drivers — is getting closer everyday. Make sure you mark your calendars for Saturday, September 22. There is an entire day of fun and excitement scheduled.
Being the first annual fundraiser of many more to come, the event and all its proceeds are to benefit Dylan’s Drivers and their cause of providing safe, confidential and free rides to those who have consumed alcoholic beverages and wisely choose to seek a sober driver.
The following is a flyer that should be spread amongst the town. The word needs to be spread about their coming fundraiser. The flyer also contains a list of events and their scheduled times.
If you’d like to pass the flyer around or hang it up at your place of work, click on the image below for a printable version.
Visit their website at www.dylansdrivers.org.
In a recent post on the eParis Extra, it was communicated that the Downtown Food Pantry was in need of plastic bags. These are very useful, completely recyclable, and usually saved by most all people that get items at grocery and department stores.
These bags are more than valuable to the Food Pantry. In an attempt to bring them the bags that they needed, the Extra published the article requesting donations of these plastic bags.
In an amazing turn of events, a public affairs worker for a communications firm in Washington, D.C. caught sight of the article — amazingly enough. This communications firm, called Edelman, has a client called Hilex Poly.
Hilex Poly is an American manufacturer of plastic bags made from recycled materials and operator of the world’s largest closed loop plastic bag recycling facility.
“I saw the post on eParisExtra.com about donating plastic bags to the Downtown Food Pantry in Paris, Texas,” stated digital public affairs agent for Edelman in Washington, D.C., Raquel Bubar. “I wanted to send a donation on behalf of our client, Hilex Poly.”
Chuck Burton, who heads up the Downtown Food Pantry, was contacted, and on his birthday, 6 full cases of their grey recycled plastic bags were delievered to them from Hilex Poly.
“We hope people remember that plastic bags are 100% recyclable and reusable,” Raquel Bubar continued. “Hilex’s animated video helps to get the word out about plastic bag reusability and recyclability, and Hilex’s program, the Bag-2-Bag Program, collects plastic bags, wraps and films outside grocery stores for recycling.” (Click the highlighted links to view the videos.)
Click here to view another video from Hilex Poly of an interview with an expert in plastic bag recycling.
“I want to thank eParis Extra for alerting folks to the fact that the Downtown Food Pantry needed plastic bags, allowing us to help Hilex Poly make the donation,” Bubar continued.
It is really great that the eParis Extra’s reach — reaching all the way to Washington, D.C. — has been able to help contribute to the cause of the Downtown Food Pantry. Thank you to all the readers.
Visit the Official Website of Hilex Poly to learn more about them by clicking: www.hilexpoly.com
Article by Josh Allen/Managing Editor
You can purchase tickets by calling (903) 785-2777 or by visiting the New Hope Center’s website by clicking the image.
Tickets are also available at the following locations:
Paris Honda Yamaha Harley-Davidson 2875 NE Loop 286 Paris, TX
Paris Suzuki Kawasaki 2710 NE Loop 286 Paris, TX
Colortyme 2060 Lamar Avenue Paris, TX
Tickets are $20 each and all proceeds benefit the New Hope Center of Paris.
“Rides for a Reason” is set for Sept. 22 at Love Civic Center.
“It’s another way for us to spread consciousness of our organization and the need that the organization fulfills,” said Matt Allen, a member of the executive board. “It’s all staying with the theme of having a reason.”
Things kick off at 8 a.m. with Running for a Reason, a 5K fun run and walk on Trail de Paris. Registration deadline is Sept. 15 for the various age groups: 12 and under, 13 to 19, 20 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, 50 to 59 and over 60.
There’s also the Rounding Bases for a Reason softball tournament. It’s a double elimination tournament with only 15 teams allowed. The cost to register is $175 per team, and each team can bat up to 12 hitters. Only 5 home runs are allowed per game unless a team decides to purchase three extra home runs for $5 before the game starts. If both teams agree, $20 can get you unlimited home runs. The tournament will start Friday evening or Saturday morning, depending on the number of teams.
“Judging from the way it’s looking, it’ll probably be a massive undertaking,” Allen said. “It’ll probably start Friday evening.”
That’s followed at 10 a.m. by Rumble for a Reason, a collector, classic and muscle car show. There’s no entry fee. Visitors to the show will purchase vote tickets for $1 each and place tickets in the ballot box next to each car.
A memorial motorcycle ride — Ride for a Reason — is set for 11 a.m.
Be sure to hang around for lunch, because at noon there’s the Cooking for a Reason hamburger cookoff and tailgate party. It’s a team event with $100 to enter plus 35 burgers. Each team will provide five hamburgers for judging, then at least 30 more to be sold to the public.
Throughout the day, there will also be a golf cart obstacle course where drivers put on “beer goggles” to simulate driving drunk. There will also be live music all day, face painting and opportunities for training for those who want to volunteer with Dylan’s Drivers.
Looking for other ways to help? There’s always Chili’s. All you have to do is eat.
“Once a month if you bring in a flyer, they donate part of their proceeds to our organization for every plate they sell that day,” Allen said.
Dylan’s Drivers is a driving program and organization that offers free, confidential and non-judgmental rides to those consuming alcoholic beverages and plan to drive — offering a sober driver when one’s needed but not around. They hope to help limit the amount of car accidents and lives that are lost due to driving impaired or under the influence of alcohol. Dylan’s Drivers was started by Paris locals, Ronnie and Vicki Ballard following the tragic loss of their son, Dylan Ballard, in an alcohol-related automobile accident.
For more information on Dylan’s Drivers or events, be sure to check out the new website at www.dylansdrivers.org. It contains a history of the organization and a running total of the number of rides given.
The memorial is now about to start phase two of its construction. Phase one was recently completed and consists of what is currently in place. Phase two will add the sidewalks down the sides, amongst other things.
The raffle of this car, and the five other things you could win, is to benefit the construction of phase two and more, if possible.
There are 6 possible different things you could win here with the purchase of just one ticket for $20.
The first and largest prize is a 2004 Pontiac GTO — with a 5.7L Corvette Engine & 6 Speed manual transmission — at an estimated value of $11,500; donated by Lou Gigliotti. Next up is a 2ct. Diamond Ring, donated by Larry, Donna & Anthony Tarter, at an estimated value of $5,500, a Hand Made Electric Guitar, donated by Nuno DeSousa & Terry Downs, at an estimated value of $1000, a Savage Arms Double Barrel 20G Shotgun, donated by Larry, Donna & Anthony Tarter, at an estimated value of $800, a Diamond Necklace, at an estimated value of $500 and donated by Scott’s Jewelers, and finally, a WWII Book — “The 509th Remembered” — signed by the last living crew member of the Enola Gay, donated by Doug Weiberg; estimated value: priceless.
With the purchase of just one ticket you have 6 chances to win at least one of these amazing prizes. You can purchase tickets by contacting the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial by calling (903) 783-0945, or by visiting their retail office at 1025 S. Collegiate Street.
You may also catch one of the committee members with the car sitting at the intersection of Lamar & Collegiate Streets — or somewhere around town — with the raffle tickets for purchase.
The tickets are $20 and all proceeds benefit the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial.
The drawing will be held at the Veterans Day Ceremony, Saturday, November 10, at the Love Civic Center. They will draw six times. Once for each amazing prize. Get your ticktes today today.