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Charity Ride for a Friend....please read description

  • Nov 9, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Lets go to the Shipwreck Pub!!!!!

Those of you who know me, are aware that I do not do Poker Runs or Toy Rides.

This is different and I sure could use your help, I am limiting the ride to 25.

If you can't make the ride but want to donate please feel free to send any donomination to me and I will hand deliver the funds to my daughter.....

This is something new and different and I am not sure where to begin, so I will just put the notice here that my daughter has written.

Dear Family and Friends, 

 Recently a dear friend of mine experienced a tragedy. His sister’s home went up in flames early Monday morning, October 28th.  The fire blocked the front and back exits of the home, so until the fire department was able to arrive no one inside was able to escape. By the time the fire department arrived, everyone inside had inhaled a devastating amount of smoke and suffered multiple burns. My friend Brian lost his twin nieces ages 2, another niece age 4, a neice age 11 and his brother in law. In a matter of 30 minutes Brian’s sister, Jen, lost her entire family and home. I am trying to raise money to donate to Jen so she can start to pick up the pieces to her life. Although, no one can give back or fix what has happened, we can help. Please even if you can only afford to donate a dollar, ANYTHING would be greatly appreciated.  With the holidays around the corner, this a time of selflessness and giving and I know Brian and his sister Jen would appreciate anything anyone can offer. 
Thank you for your time, and if there is anyone else you think would be interested in donating money, please feel free to pass this along. 
Thank you again,

 Jennifer Lankasky

For more information you can contact me at: 

Andrew "Drew" Lankasky

91 Stinson Court

Martinsburg, Wv 25405

[masked]

If you would like to donate, you can mail me donations or give them to me directly. If you are writing a check make it out to Brian Hyde, he is the brother of the victim. He will make sure to get the donation to his sister.

From the bottom of my heart thanks to everyone that helps this family out in a very difficult situation......

Drew

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  • Drew-Valk R.

    So the final tally for all donations from my friends and riding family
    .........$1135.00.......
    And am truly blessed to have such great friends and family.
    THANKYOU all so much!!!!

    Drew

    5 · November 13, 2013

  • Tom G.

    Drew, Sorry I couldn't make the ride, a donation is in the mail.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Rob it was great to meet you and your daughter, my friend Tom Rogers, glad you joined us. Hopefully you will come out with us again after you join the site. All the rest of the usual suspects great to see and ride with you again.....till next time!!!

    Ride naked, it's harder than it looks!!!

    Drew

    November 9, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Tom joined the site during lunch yesterday.

      1 · November 10, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    I know at lunch today a few people asked so here is the tally so far, I am still waiting on a few checks from some other riders.

    However before I post this let me just say THANK YOU again. I am blown away by the generosity and the caring and the selfless acts of giving for no other reason than to help some one in need, my riding friends you ROCK!!!!!

    $915.00 dollars so far. This includes all checks, paypal, cash and donations to gofundme.com.

    2 · November 9, 2013

    • Laura C.

      That's fantastic!

      2 · November 10, 2013

  • Michael G.

    A great ride, as usual ! Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Superb ride with great people, all for a good cause. Good job putting this together Drew.

    1 · November 10, 2013

  • Matt F.

    Fun ride... Thanks to Drew for putting it together.

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • George P.

    It was great to see you all!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Today was a great day, the reason for the ride was tragic but the outpouring of compassion was amazing. 14 riders on a cold autum morning in November. Great ride, company and I love The Shipwrck Pub...... THANK YOU all again!!!

    1 · November 9, 2013

  • Laura C.

    Left for dead at the gas station outside the Shipwreck Pub. :(
    Michael - thanks for waiting for me - sorry we couldn't find the rest of the group, but we had a nice ride home. As usual - great ride Drew! Loved all the great roads and LOVE the shipwreck Pub! :)

    I'm especially thankful that Santa blessed me with a GPS!

    1 · November 9, 2013

    • Laura C.

      Hey Drew - it's all good - don't worry about it. We took the road all the way to the end, but we never saw you guys. You must have already turned. We had a nice ride home. Plus - I got home earlier than expected and I had time to vacuum the house! :)

      November 9, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Oh goody, vacuuming!!!!

      November 9, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Checking in

    November 9, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Weather looks OK...... Cloudy and between 40 and 55 degrees depending on the time of day. So layer up, plug in or freeze your ass off....your call. See you in the morning, Kick Stands Up at 9:30 sharp.

    November 8, 2013

    • Rana N.

      Drew, I won't be able to make it tomorrow. Something has come up and I need to work. Need to finish somethings for my boss by Monday. Hope you guys enjoy. Really appreciate what u are doing for the family going thru this horrible tragedy. Hope to join you next time. All of you, take care and ride safe .

      November 8, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Sorry to hear work has gotten in the way. Thanks again for your donation and hope to ride with you soon.

      November 9, 2013

  • Mahi

    Drew: I have to drop out of the ride, but I just completed making a contribution. Please convey my condolences to Jen in this time of her tragic loss.

    November 8, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Thank You so much Mahi, hope to see and ride with you soon. It has been to long since we rode together.

      November 9, 2013

  • Gary N.

    You all have a safe ride tomorrow!!! And have fun!!

    November 8, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Have a great time on the Eastern Shore and get some crabs......hahahhahahaha­ha!!!!

      November 8, 2013

    • Gary N.

      Drew ,they are "blue crabs"......LOL

      November 8, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Drew- donation in the mail. Had hoped to ride tomorrow, but I have found that right now 1 1/2 hours is my limit, without a long rest. Knee is improving, (after replacement on 2 October) but there are complications with a sore hip that makes it uncomfortable on the trike.

    Yes, trike. I got it back a week ago today!! (After waiting since 4/13/13 on the date of my accident.) Still a couple little things need to finalize repair, but I am riding it. I'm going back to work on Monday - a few weeks before I had planned, but what pain I still have, can be had at work as well as at home, so I might as well be collecting $$$$ for it

    I'm going to ride regularly to learn what my tolerance is to being on the trike. Really looking forward to joining you again.

    November 8, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Bill thank you so much, looking forward to seeing you back out there. Glad you are mending faster than expected, and it is awesome that you have the trike back. Hope to see you soon.

      November 8, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Drew - I'll be in town after all and Jim is letting me take one of his bike (What a guy!). So you will probably want to plan on an additional 5 minutes at each gas stop.

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Mahi

      Wow! Hope you were not injured.....am assuming you got off relatively lightly from the fact that you are riding this weekend.

      November 7, 2013

    • Mark H.

      I was only doing 15mph and the ground was quite muddy and soft. The bike got it bad enough, but I escaped with only a very badly bruised ego.

      November 8, 2013

  • Eric L

    Andddd... I have to paint my daughters apartment on Saturday because she is moving home...on Sunday.

    November 6, 2013

    • Eric L

      you said Rachel and paint in the same sentence. are you crazy?

      1 · November 7, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      I will take high maintenance for 200 Alex......LMAO

      1 · November 7, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Paolo,
    I took you off the ride list so I can get an accurate count for lunch. Thank You again for your donation even thogh you will not be with us on the ride you and all the contributors not joining us are greatly appreciated and will be missed.
    THANK YOU all sooo much!!!
    Drew

    November 7, 2013

  • Laura C.

    Drew - I hate to put this up here - but you only asked for a $10 donation - is it ok if I give you more?

    November 7, 2013

  • Valerie M.

    Hi Drew. I'm sorry to say that I will not be able to make it Saturday. Sometimes life just gets in the way! I hate it when that happens! Please be sure to make my spot available to someone else. Looking forward to the next ride with your group...:)

    1 · November 6, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      No worries Valerie, and thank you so much for your donation. Because of folks like you it makes the ride worthwhile.
      Drew

      November 6, 2013

    • Laura C.

      We'll miss you Valerie!

      November 7, 2013

  • Larry G.

    Drew, changed the RSVP so you can get a good count for the restaurant... Ride safe.

    November 5, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Thanks again Larry, your generosity honors me and is greatly appreciated by the family.....you sir are awesome!!!

      November 5, 2013

  • Margaux

    I hate to put this up here but...those of us who are not welcome to go on the ride should not make a donation? is that correct?

    November 4, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Sorry for any confusion my initial post is so that people understand this is a CHARITY ride so if you do not donate you cannot ride. However lots of people who are unable to attend have already made donations. I hope this clears up the problem. My daughters friend lost her entire family!! Her husband and 4 young children. So if you have nothing nice to contribute DO NOT CONTRIBUTE at all!!!!
      Thanks to all for generous donations
      Drew

      4 · November 5, 2013

    • Margaux

      Drew thank you for the clarification. I have personally been following this since your original posting on the 31st. I have friends on an unrelated site who had not heard about this tragedy and since have spread the word to others.

      There have been & are still many events planned to raise funds in addition to your ride including a cake walk, 50/50 drawing and auction which are also scheduled on Nov 9th. I will include links at the end of this post. They will be is.gd links in case meetup truncates them. This is indeed a horrible tragedy and my heart goes out the the survivors. It is generally its recommended to check the batteries in smoke detectors when we go from daylight savings time & back so I hope everyone will do so. A few seconds could make all the difference.

      November 5, 2013

  • Mahi

    Drew. I will bring a check with me for the ride. If I cannot make the ride I will make the donation online. Thank you for your initiative in helping out a family struck by a tragedy.

    3 · November 5, 2013

  • Mahi

    Drew

    November 5, 2013

  • James

    Drew, I was going to give you my donation at the meet up site. Is this ok, or do I have to make the donation on line?

    November 4, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      You are good James at the meetup is fine. Thank you so much!!!

      November 4, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    Hey everyone..
    First THANK YOU to everyone...this is awesome and it is why we ride together, oh and I pick good routes.
    Second if you are only making a donation, please remove your rsvp and just leave me message in the conversation area. This way I know how many folks to make a rservation for at the Shipwreck Pub.
    And lastly and I hate to put this up here if you are not making a donation then please do not sign up for this ride as I will disallow your participation.....
    Thanks again
    Drew

    1 · November 4, 2013

  • Larry G.

    Drew - Kay and I added a bit. Not sure I'll make the ride though...

    November 4, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      You are the best, thanks Larry and and Kay as well!!!

      November 4, 2013

  • Matt F.

    Donated through gofundme... Looking forward to the ride.

    November 4, 2013

  • Eric L

    Donated to the gofundmepage directly. What a tragic event.

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • Gary N.

      Me too

      1 · November 3, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Gary & Eric
      Thank you so much for your generous donations......
      Just awesome
      Drew

      November 3, 2013

  • Paolo N.

    I am in the ride just to support the cause. I will actually be overseas next Sunday so I will not make the actual ride but I made a donation following the link below for both meetup groups where I said yes. Unfortunately US houses are made out mostly of wood and much more vulnerable to fire than European homes, but I guess it is a danger we all are accustom to live with.

    November 3, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Paolo
      Thank you so much for your support
      Drew

      November 3, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    In addition anyone not going on the ride but wishing to make a donation, you can follow the link below and donate directly.
    http://www.gofundme.com/Chamber...­

    November 3, 2013

  • Steve

    Drew, so sorry to all involved for the loss. I won't be able to make the ride but I followed your link below and made a donation.

    November 2, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Thanks so much Steve, your donation is most welcome!!

      November 2, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    In addition anyone not going on the ride but wishing to make a donation, you can follow the link below and donate directly.
    http://www.gofundme.com/ChamberlainHyde-Family

    October 31, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    If anyone needs the names,
    Brian Hyde or Jen Chamberlain.
    Thank You all again for your support!!!

    October 31, 2013

  • Eric L

    Drew, can we donate by paypal gift to your daughter or to you?

    October 30, 2013

    • Eric L

      if you pay with paypal gift, they charge you the 3%

      October 31, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      Jim, Eric is correct if you transfer the money to my pay pal account there is no charge. Thankyou!!!

      October 31, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    If in fact you have sent me a donation .... Please message me so I can keep track of who on the ride has already paid.
    Thanks for your support!!!!
    Drew

    October 31, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    my paypal account is still active, to donate moey dorectly to me ..
    go to paypal.com
    move your cursor to Transfer, a drop down menu appears...
    click on send money to a friend and follow the instructions..
    pretty simple, I think even Gary can do this.......lol

    October 30, 2013

    • Jim M.

      Drew, you will need to give the name on your paypal acct so people know who to donate to. You may want to have people message you for your acct name.

      October 31, 2013

  • Mark H.

    Still no bike. Paypal?

    October 30, 2013

    • Drew-Valk R.

      yes

      October 30, 2013

    • Jim M.

      You can ride one of my bikes if you want Mark.

      October 31, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    I have to see if my paypal account is still active, if not you can mail me a check and I will give it to her. My daughter does not have a paypal account....... details to follow.

    October 30, 2013

  • Drew-Valk R.

    The $10.00 is non-refundable, all monies collected will be donated to the family..... If you change your RSVP than consider this one of your many great deeds to help a family in need and to help a woman who has lost everything......4 kids and her husband in the blink of an eye......gone!!!!!
    Please help me get them re-started. If you choose to give more than the $10.00 that would be great.
    I am in for $50.00 to stat this off
    Drew

    October 30, 2013

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