The inaugural Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer, a motorcycle ride to benefit cancer patients and families throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, will be held Saturday, June 12, 2004, it was announced today.
Departing from Lambeau Field at 11 a.m., the ride will take motorcyclists on scenic Northeastern Wisconsin roads to Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Peshtigo, Wis., where riders will be able to enjoy food, beverages, live music and a 50/50 raffle. The ride then returns to Lambeau Field where more food, beverages and live music await. Live auction items also will highlight the post-ride event at Lambeau Field.
Parins, the Green Bay Packers' director of corporate security, is currently battling cancer and has been strengthened by the support he has received and pledged to help other families fight the disease.
"I've received so much help and support by many friends and family in the area that I wanted to organize something to do the same for others battling this disease," said Parins. "During my treatment, I've met many other cancer patients and their families. These are special people going through trying times and every bit of assistance that can be offered goes a long, long way.
"I'm excited about this ride and we hope it becomes one of the larger such events in the area and in the state."
"Everyone here at the Packers is excited for this event and for Jerry," said Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan. "From my own experience with cancer, I know how crucial the support of friends and family is to the fight. This ride is a great way for supporters to get together and raise money for area patients and their families."
The event also will feature appearances by Green Bay Packers players and coaches. Additionally, riders who pre-register by June 5 are eligible for a chance to win two tickets to the Nov. 14 contest vs. the Minnesota Vikings.
In addition to the Green Bay Packers, Vandervest Harley-Davidson and Vandervest Custom Cycles are supporting the event.
The entrance fee is $10 per rider.
Riders also can register the day of the ride, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at Lambeau Field and at 10 a.m. at Vandervest Harley Davidson in Peshtigo.
Supporters interested in donating to the cause are asked to contact organizers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ride route information is available through Vandervest Harley-Davidson's website at www.vvhd.com.