Riding the backroads

United Way hosts second annual ride

More than 100 motorcyclists turned out Sept. 13 to support United Way as they enjoyed the view while riding down some of Blount County’s scenic backroads.

The United Way of Blount County’s Backroads Ride and Bar-B-Q Roundup featured award-winning Big Bar-B-Q Bash barbecue and a concert by Steel Kickin’ Band, featuring Debra Whaley and Jim Ford.

The event raised more $4,000 for United Way of Blount County. During the Bar-B-Q Roundup, a vintage 1970s Harley-Davidson dealer sign fetched $500 through a live auction.

Ford and Tara Rasher co-chaired the event and worked with several community volunteers. The ride pulled out from Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson at 2 p.m. and ended at Smithview Pavilion with the barbecue and concert from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The money raised from the Backroads Ride and Bar-B-Q Roundup supports programs funded by United Way of Blount County.

United Way of Blount County funds 60 programs through 29 nonprofit organizations and about 20,000 people in Blount County receive assistance through United Way-funded programs.

United Way of Blount County supports programs that address areas of health, education, and self-sufficiency. For more information call 865-982-2251.

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