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From the early AM until the afternoon hours, the Love Civic Center was full of activities and fun. There were bounce houses, beer goggle golf cart obstacle courses, live bands, a softball tournament, a car show, memorial motorcycle ride, a hamburger cook-off, tailgate party, raffle drawings, and a 5K Run and Fun Run/Walk, plus much more.
“We’ve now given over 800 rides,” said Dylan’s Drivers cofounder, Ronnie Ballard. ”We are so thankful to Paris and Lamar County for all the support that they’ve shown with Dylan’s Drivers and our first benefit.”
There were many very appreciated volunteers and community businesses that stepped up to help this fundraiser.
Paris Firemen took pictures with children and their firetrucks, while entertaining them with a remote controlled ‘fire dog’ named Sparky, and Paris Police officers manned the Beer Goggle Golf Cart course.
All the proceeds and donations at Saturday’s (September 22) benefit go to Dylan’s Drivers and their cause of delivering safely and freely home those that have consumed alcoholic beverages and rightfully choose not to take the wheel.
Below is a small photo gallery of some of the day’s happenings. Thank you to all of those that came out to support this wonderful organization in Lamar County.
On behalf of eParisExtra.com, thank you, Dylan’s Drivers.
Photography by Jeff Parish and Josh Allen.
Starting with the Dylan’s Drivers first annual Rides for a Reason benefit at the Love Civic Center, fundraising for their worthy cause of providing free and safe rides to those who have consumed alcoholic beverages.
All the fun begins at early 8am with a 5K Fun Run/Walk — themed ‘Running for a Reason’ — and a competitive softball tournament — ‘Rounding Bases for a Reason’. The softball tournament could potentially start on Friday night depending on the number of teams entered — teams will be notified.
Then at 10am, ‘Rumbling for a Reason’ and shiny with fresh wax jobs, the collector/classic/muscle cars will roll to the civic center for a top-notch car show.
Starting at 11am there will be a Memorial Bike Ride for the motorcycles.
After all these cars, motorcycles, ball bats & gloves, and running, everyone is bound to be hungry. Starting at noon (12pm), the hamburger cook-off and tailgate party — ‘Cooking for a Reason’ — will provide premiere hamburgers for everyone.
Just wait. That’s not all. Ongoing throughout the entire event there will be a stage featuring some of the favorite local musicians and bands in the area: Michael O’Neal, Pearl Street Riot, the Done Deals, the Draggin’ Man Band, Max Jones, and more! This is a superb lineup of local talent, you won’t want to miss.
Also, while the music is playing and all the folks are enjoying the festivities, there will be opportunity to enjoy a Beer Goggle Golf Cart obstacle course, face painting, bounce house for the kids, and much, much more!
This party starts early and lasts on into the night. Grab the family and get to the Love Civic Center for the First Annual Dylan’s Drivers Rides for a Reason.
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.