Nashville, TN – On Monday July 18, 2011, The Salvation Army will be hosting a Ride for the Red Shield in partnership with the Ruben Brown Foundation to bring public awareness to The Salvation Army’s programs and services.
Former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears NFL guard Ruben Brown will be joining our local ride as he will be making a pit stop at The Salvation Army’s Citadel Worship and Service Center located at 425 Neely’s Bend Road, in Madison, TN as part of his 11th Annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run. The 7,000 mile run that takes place between July 15 and August 15 will see Ruben visiting Nashville as well as other major metropolitan cities including Buffalo, Lynchburg, Little Rock, Tulsa, Dallas, El Paso, Los Angeles, and Milwaukee, to raise awareness and funds for Salvation Army social service programs for youths and others in need.
Salvation Army Officer, Captain Patrick Richmond explains, “Ruben Brown’s Foundation contacted us to participate in his cross-country motorcycle run to bring awareness to the work of The Salvation Army across the United States. I was honored to have the opportunity. As a motorcyclist myself, it was a perfect match for us to meet up and ride together.”
Captain Richmond will guide Ruben Brown and riders on a tour of the areas affected by the great flood of 2010 in Madison and continue on to different stopping points in Nashville including The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope on 631 Dickerson Pike. Motorcycle riders in the community are invited to join the Ride for the Red Shield.
Prior to the motorcycle tour, The Salvation Army Nashville Citadel Corps will host a tailgating party for members of the corps beginning at 5:00 p.m. Guests will enjoy grilled hotdogs, fruit punch and snacks. A game of tag football will be held in addition to other games. Children will also have the opportunity to collect Ruben’s autograph. The ride will leave from the Neely’s Bend location promptly at 6:00 p.m. Motorcyclists will take a short tour of Madison and Nashville and arrive at our Center of Hope on 631 Dickerson Pike in Northeast Nashville around 6:30 p.m. where he will be greeted by transitional housing residents.
As a fundraiser for The Salvation Army youth programs, supporters of the motorcycle run can contribute a $10 gift via text message by texting the word “RUN” to 80888.* Donations can also be made that day on-site at the iconic red kettles. In additi on, supporters can give online at http://www.salarmy-nashville.com. Donations will stay in the local community.
Jennifer Eldridge, Director of Marketing said, “We encourage the community to come out to join the Ride for the Red Shield, sending off our Army of riders. Ruben Brown has supported The Salvation Army’s efforts for several years now and we are excited he has chosen to make a stop in Nashville to join our ride.”
Since starting his Motorcycle Run in 2001 in Buffalo, NY, Ruben has seen the event grow from a couple hundred riders, to a few thousand riders to date. The Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run has become an increasingly popular event that has raised thousands of dollars for a number of charities including The Salvation Army.
The Ruben Brown Foundation is committed to raising funds for youth development organizations that focus on athletics, cultural, and educational programs – similar to those that were available to Ruben as young child at The Salvation Army. More information about the Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run and The Salvation Army’s service programs is available online at http://www.salarmy-nashville.org
*A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see http://www.igfn.org/t