By Jacob Bembry
Greene Publishing, Inc.
The Madison County Trail Riders and the South Georgia Trail Riders teamed up to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital on Saturday, April 9.
Members of both clubs gathered at the Ellaville Tract of the Twin Rivers State Forest at 9:30 a.m. They rode down the trail as far as the interstate. Riding back, they arrived shortly after noon. The Madison County Central School FFA had barbecue sandwiches, chips, dessert, fruit and beverages waiting for them. Donnie and Mickie Salter, and their daughter, Savannah Salter; and Dannitte and Dani Mays and their daughters, Sunni Mays and Katie Mays represented the group. Money for the meals sold will benefit the FFA and its projects.
An auction was held to raise money for St. Jude’s. Ron Smoak served as the auctioneer.
The trail boss for the ride was J.L. Williams.
Outriders for the day were Ron Smoak, Roger Parsons, David Sykes, Allen Frierson, Don Snyder and David Crockett.
Members of the Madison County Sheriff’s Posse who rode during the day were C.B. Knight, Jason Kinsey, Jeremy Kinsey, Laura Sykes, Tim Day, Connie Day, Ruthanne Gardner and David Crockett.
Members of the St. Jude’s Trail Ride committee, who helped organize the event were Jo Williams, J.L. Williams, Ana Portillo, Betsy Pertierra, Bernita Broome, Cheryl Kelty, C.B. Knight, Roger Parsons, Betty Parsons, Jean Stick, Pat Shartran and Jackie Kirkland.
A host of members from both clubs showed up early to do volunteer work. Area businesses and individuals provided extra necessities for the ride.
A total of $2,217.00 was raised from the ride fees, the auction and other donations.