Ginette Bailey Wins 5th Annual WTT Motorcycle Raffle!!!

Toy Run and Annual Motorcycle Raffle Bring Joy To Many This Season!!

‘Tis the season of giving and the spirit of kindness is in the air.  As both Thanksgiving and Christmas are rapidly approaching, thousands of people flock to malls and department stores in hopes of finding the perfect gift for that special someone.  Kindness and generosity abound, and for many in Haywood County this weekend, making a bigger difference was the task at hand.

{mosimage}On Saturday, November 10, the 16th Annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run went off with flying success, as over 900 motorcycles and nearly 1500 people participated in one of Haywood County’s most successful Toy Runs, ever.  Put on by the Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, the Toy Run generates significant money and toys for the underprivileged children of Haywood and Jackson Counties, each year.  Over its sixteen year history, an excess of $75,000 has been distributed locally to assist those in need at Christmas.  In addition, countless truckloads of toys have been donated, helping to make a great Christmas for hundreds of local families.

This year’s Parade and Toy Run began at Pisgah High School, and would again raise the bar for those to come.  A five mile, 900 motorcycle procession would makes its way through Bethel and Waynesville, ending at the Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley.  “This marks the sixth year that Wheels Through Time has hosted the Toy Run, and each has provided a great benefit to Haywood and Jackson County families in need,” said museum founder, Dale Walksler.  “We are proud to be a part of such a great cause.”

Cecil Yount, promoter and organizer of the Parade and Toy Run was very happy with this year’s results.  “This year we had one of the best turnouts in the events 16-year history.  Blue Ridge Thunder and Toy Run participants raised over $6,000 and collected hundreds of toys for those in need,” said Yount.  “It’s just a great thing for the kids, and we’re honored to be a part of making a difference in their lives.”

For more information on the Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run or the Blue Ridge Thunder Motorcycle Club, visit their website, located at www.BlueRidgeThunder.org.

The Big Gift

This Saturday also marked the day of the 5th Annual Wheels Through Time Raffle.  Each year, the museum raises funds by raffling off a motorcycle built by museum staff at Wheels Through Time.  Past winners have come from as far away as Texas and Illinois, and as close as Gatlinburg, TN.  This year’s Grand Prize was a fully restored 1936 Harley-Davidson.

The raffle drawing is traditionally held at the conclusion of the Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run at the Wheels Through Time Museum.  Over 1500 people were on hand, hoping that their name would be called.  With only one winner to be picked, the eager crowd awaited anxiously until the ticket was drawn.

The lucky winner was Ginette Bailey, of Oxford, Massachusetts.  Although Ginette was not present for the drawing, her enthusiasm was felt by onlookers, as the phone call was broadcast over the loudspeaker.  “This is so amazing….I’ve never won anything in my life,” shouted Bailey. 

Ginette visited Wheels Through Time on August 30th, 2007, after learning about the museum online. Both her and her husband were visiting the Smoky Mountains on what they called “the ride of their lives”, and made the museum a top priority on their list of things to do.  “The museum was spectacular!  I was particularly impressed with the new Women In Motorcycling exhibit,” said Bailey.  “That’s were I spent most of my time.”

After a great tour, Ginette decided to take a chance on the beautiful red and black Harley-Davidson raffle bike in museum foyer.  She decided to buy one ticket, and after almost 3 months, that decision would prove to be one she wouldn’t regret. 

Ginette is a member of the Chrome Sisters, a Massachusetts-based women’s motorcycle association that was founded three years ago.  Bailey was integral in the formation of the group, which now boasts over 30 members from Massachusetts and surrounding states.  The Chrome Sisters’ mission is to unite all women motorcycle enthusiasts for recreation, education, mutual support, and recognition, and to promote a positive overall image of motorcycling.  For more information on the Chrome Sisters, visit their website, located at www.Chromesisters.com.