For the second consecutive year Smoky Mountain Children’s Home is the recipient of a donation from the Widows Sons Motorcycle Riding Association, a group of caring individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of today’s youth. Mark “Macky” McIntyre, president of the Dragons Chapter of the Widows Sons Riding Association of Sevierville, along with the Hillbilly Chapter of Robbins, Tenn., have established this fundraiser for the benefit of the Children’s Home coinciding with their annual rally, which was held June 24-26, 2016.
The Dragons and the Hillbilly Chapters—both of the Masonic Motorcycle Riding Association—held their annual rally at the Sevier County Fairgrounds, representing 14 states and Canada. In all, approximately 200 people attended the three-day event that highlighted Smoky Mountain Children’s Home as their charity beneficiary. Widows Sons Riding Association boasts of six chapters in Tennessee, with numerous other chapters throughout the United States.
McIntyre presented Dr. Walt Mauldin, executive director of SMCH, with a check for $3,500 raised by the rally attenders, exceeding the amount raised last year of $2,000. Next year the chapters have committed to raising $5,000 at this annual event.
“It is an honor for us to partner with Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in caring for less fortunate children and youth. Hopefully, we will help to positively affect these young lives toward a better future by the contributions we provide,” said McIntyre.
“Sevierville and Sevier County, along with surrounding counties, are tremendously benevolent towards Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, as this motorcycle riding association so clearly demonstrates,” Dr. Mauldin said. “The Dragon Chapter and the Hillbilly Chapter have demonstrated what caring for children is all about: becoming intentionally and actively involved in preparing our children and youth for a better future… a future which blesses them and their community… a future for which they can be proud.”
Photo: Mark “Macky” McIntyre and associates presenting a donation check to Dr. Walt Mauldin.