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Invitation to a farewell party

Please join long-time Oliver Lake residents Auston Clay (Section A) and Adam Shank (Section CC) for a huge send-off party at Sylvan Cellars in Rome City on Thursday, March 31, from 6-9 PM.  Auston and Adam will be departing the next morning on a motorcycle adventure of a lifetime and for a GREAT cause. Actually THREE great causes. 
 
Please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/4acharityride to learn more and consider making a tax-deductible contribution. Also you will find more information about their plans and goals. Or read on below.
 
We wish Auston and Adam the safest and most enjoyable experience and thank them for representing our community well with their generous efforts!
 
Hope to see you at Sylvan Cellars!
 

4 A CHARITY RIDE - THE STORY

What started out as a simple, albeit abnormally long motorcycle trip between a couple buddies has transformed in to a trip that has a greater cause than just their own enjoyment.  Adam Shank and Auston Clay initially planned on taking what could be the motorcycle trip of a lifetime, however after some discussion with close friends, Kyle Ulrich and Cole Sherman, the decision was made to make their trip for something greater. After talking it over, the 4A Charity Ride was formed.  All hailing from a map dot in rural Northeastern Indiana, the guys want to impact people on a national, regional and local level.  All four guys are chivers and have participated in some unofficial meetups in the past, so naturally they want to support Chive Charities.  Riley Hospital for Children is based in their home state and in fact, Cole was a Riley kid when he was 10 months old.  Lastly, the guys want to help out a local family who’s received an abundance of assistance from Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana when their son was placed in the ICU for a total of 66 days.
 
Adam and Auston have a route planned out that will take them through over 20 states and 3 countries.  In all, the guys will conquer over 9,000 miles with one mission: gather funds for three great causes.  Kyle and Cole will be operating behind the scenes in an effort to help keep up with social media and provide donors with the most up-to-date happenings throughout the journey.  The guys will be taking off from their home town of Lagrange on April 2nd and making their way south first, before heading towards the great west.  Utilizing a palate of social media outlets, the guys want to keep you connected to their progress during the trip.  Find us on twitter and Instagram with #4somethinggreater and don’t forget to tag posts with #4somethinggreater to share the cause!
 
In an effort to share the excitement and build relationships along the way, the guys will post pictures and even some challenges for our supporters to participate in.  To get involved with our cause even further, we welcome our supporters to put on their own fundraiser “…for something greater.”
 
We will be traveling through an array of major cities and map dots during our journey.  Some of the major cities include but are not limited to: Indianapolis, Nashville, TN, Austin, TX, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver just to name a few of the large towns. Be sure to follow us on twitter, instagram and facebook to meet us along the way and we welcome you to join us for a leg of the trip!
 
Who we’re assisting:
 
Locally: Ronald McDonald House of Northeast Indiana. "The Ronald McDonald House inside Parkview Regional Medical Center keeps families together during a child’s hospitalization. During a difficult, stressful time, families can find a respite inside the Ronald McDonald House. The homelike environment of the Ronald McDonald House helps families relax. We are available to the families of all children 21 or younger hospitalized at Parkview." We’re raising funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Parkview Hospital.   The Sonner Family is from our own Lagrange Co. and were the unfortunate recipients of assistance from Ronald McDonald House, however, they are very grateful that RMH was there to assist them.  Their son was placed in the ICU for 66 days after a blockage in his gall bladder essentially destroyed his pancreas.  His father, Jeff, was able to stay with him during the entirety of his recovery, thanks to RMH. The Sonner family want to give back to RMH and we’re going to help them do it.  
 
Regionally: Riley Hospital for Children/Riley Children’s Foundation. “Riley Children’s Foundation is the fundraising arm of Riley Hospital for Children. Donations are used to support groundbreaking pediatric research, clinical programs that need additional funding and family-centered services such as Child Life and Social Work.  Riley Children’s Foundation also funds and manages Camp Riley, which provides life-changing experiences to more than 200 children with physical disabilities each summer, and the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, which preserves the legacy of the great Hoosier poet and Riley Hospital namesake.”
 
Nationally: Chive Charities. “Chive Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which inspires theCHIVE’s online community to champion orphaned causes in need of public awareness and financial assistance. theCHIVE community has become famous as “easily the most generous community on the web today.”” We’re proud to be a part of this awesome group of misfits.
 
If you don't want to choose just one of these three great organizations, you can go with a fourth option of donating to the 4A Charity Ride Fundraiser and we'll split what is raised as evenly as possible at the end of our trip.  Thanks again for all of your support!
 
Thank you all so much for your support in making this ...for something greater.
 
--4A Charity Ride crew

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