By Sarah Robinson/NEMS Daily Journal
GUNTOWN – A new event is scheduled to take place today at H.O.G.S., the Hot Off the Grill Sports Restaurant on Highway 45 in Guntown.
The “Ride for Autism” event aims to raise more than $5,000 in its first year, according to event organizer Vanessa Bowen, who was inspired to organize a fundraiser for the Autism Center of North Mississippi by her cousin who has autism.
“It is the only center in Mississippi that has a learning center for parents,” she said.
The Autism Center of North Mississippi offers individualized instruction for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities. The center relies on private funding and community support to offset the cost of those services to affected families.
Entries for the Best of Show contest begins at 3:15 p.m. today. Kick-stands go up at 4:15 p.m. and should last about an hour.
There will be prizes for the largest group of motorcyclists and for the group that travels the farthest to reach the event. The entry fee for bikers is $25 per person.
“This is going to be a family event,” said Bowen. In addition to the bike ride, the event will have a food, music and children’s activities, including bouncy houses and a coloring contest that begins at 4:30 p.m.
Music begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be provided by the Kevin Waide project. Raffle tickets are available for $5 and T-shirts for $15.