Pro Racers and Freestyle Riders help make 1st Annual Cause2Ride Event a HUGE Success!

March 30, 2006 6:27am

For the 1st annual motocross charity event benefiting pediatric stroke research and awareness, the organizers expected something different. However, they were shocked when the event was over. The event, which was held on March 19, 2006 in Bartow, Florida, saw over 100 participants and 400 spectators come out to help raise more than $17,000 for pediatric stroke research. All proceeds are being divided between CHASA, a 501(c)3 organization and Kids Have Strokes Awareness Campaign.

Davi Millsaps, Bryan Johnson, Erick Vallejo and Boost Mobile Freestyle riders Jim McNeil, Jeremy Lusk and Derek Garland attended the event to show their support. Boost Mobile Freestyle held three shows during the day and visited with the fans. Millsaps, Johnson, and Vallejo signed autographs and discussed the supercross season with many. Millsaps autographed his jersey and stayed for the live auction. “The most money one of my jerseys has gone for is $600,” Davi stated before the bidding started on his jersey. Millsaps seemed quite surprised when a generous lady paid more than $700 for his jersey. The Cause2Ride family would like to extend a special thanks to Davi Millsaps for supporting the cause.

Marc Burnett with MD Extreme should be awarded with the dedication award. Burnett was without a driver and a pair of ramps days before the event. One would expect to cancel an event under this type of condition, but not Burnett. He drove from California to Florida and purchased new ramps in order to not cancel the event.

With the combined efforts of Thomas Jones, Troy Jones and Mendee Hauck, the nine months of planning and organizing came full circle on March 19, 2006. “It has been a day of many emotions and words can not explain how we feel to have had such a successful event”, stated Thomas. “Days after the event and our phones are still ringing. That is great,” Mendee Hauck, co-founder of Cause2Ride added.

Cause2Ride would not be a success without the help of our sponsors like Pro Circuit, Kawasaki, RockStar Energy Drink, Ogio, Thor, Team Hawg Racing and many others. For a complete list of sponsors, visit The Cause2Ride Foundation will continue to plan future events and would like to ask those interested in getting involved to contact Mendee Hauck at 813-468-7417.