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July 28, 2007 - Fallen to Freedom Motorcyle Riders Hit the Road for Friends for Youth

What: Fallen to Freedom Motorcycle Ride

Where: Denver to Estes Park Colorado

When: Saturday, July 28, 2007

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Ticket Prices: $30.00 Individual rider, $55.00 rider with passenger, $15.00 non-rider lunch, $7.00 child's lunch, $15.00 non-rider T-shirts

Beneficiary: At Risk Youth

Host(s): Friends for Youth

Executive Director: Tracy Esslinger M.A.

Staff: Marvel Jones - Administrative Coordinator, Becky Slamal, M.A.- Program Director, Terri Seader - Accountant, Leslie Testa - Grantwriter, Misty Brown, B.A.- Match Coordinator, Stacie Kelly - Match Coordinator, Dave Lucitt, B.A. - Group Mentoring & Match Coordinator, Jessica Cleveland, B.A. - Match Coordinator, Andrew Yamazaki, B.A. - Site-Based Mentoring Coordinator

Introductions: Tracy Esslinger

Invocation: Andrew Yamazaki

Welcome: Don Siecke, Board Member

Attendance: 100+

Attire: Casual or biker

Special Thanks: Contributors and Supporters: Blacktie Colorado, Cherry Hills Community Church, Einstein Bros. Bagels - University Hills, Fay Meyers Motorcycle World, Kelmore Development Corporation/Don Siecke, King Soopers - University Hills, L2 Motorcycle Rentals, Lamar's Donuts, Lemon Grass Grille - Englewood, On the Border Restaurant - Tamarac Square, Ray's Collision - Castle Rock/Matt Whetton, Redhill Motorcycle Werx, Safeway -Cherry Creek North, Safeway - Yale & Monaco, Starbucks - University Hills, The Other Side Restaurant, Think Tank Tatoo, Walton Donuts. Ride Team & Volunteers: Andrew & Sarah Yamazaki, Tracy Esslinger, Marvel Jones, Natalie & Aaron Carrado, Kent Wilson, Dave Lucitt, Becky & Scott Slamal, Jessica & Mike Cleveland, Stacie Kelly, Terri Seader, Mark O'Brian, Brad Sharp, Julie Mangum, Doug Murphy, Kyle & Jane Kucharski, Amy Gackenbach, Terry Taylor, Rachel Steiner, Breanne Griego, Amanda Baanhoffman, Dave Kelly, Diana & Kristi Hollingsworth, Lisa Molina, Mindy Pathways


Donors: Mr. K's Flowers - Littleton, Kaz and Kazuyo Yamazaki, Kelmore Development/Don Siecke, Kronke Sports/Denver Leadership Foundation, Denver Chop House & Brewery, Elways - Cherry Creek North, Outlaw Leathers - Castle Rock, Friends for Youth, Piccolo's Restaurant, Uncommon Solutions, Brad & Judy Tutor, Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Babbie

Blacktie Photos by: Billie Rommes

 Riders have a good time as they gather for the Fallen to Freedom Motorcycle Ride
Riders have a good time as they gather for the Fallen to Freedom Motorcycle Ride

Stormy summer clouds threatened rain for the Fallen to Freedom motorcycle ride, but it turned out to be a pleasant morning overall as riders rallied together for the benefit of at-risk youth. Motorcycles of all sizes, shapes and colors and 100+ riders, friends and family gathered together Saturday, July 28th in the parking lot of Fay Myers Motorcycle World in Greenwood Village to set out on a ride from Denver to Estes Park, CO.

The ride was to raise awareness for Friends for Youth, whose mission is to mentor youth in the juvenile justice system as they transition into healthier selves and communities through friendship in the spirit of Christ. It was quite a sight to see the many bikes ride up and parked side by side as riders prepared for the day's event. They came prepared for whatever the weather had planned for them. There was a great spirit of love and friendship among this crowd and they seemed ready to ride for a good cause.

After a few donuts and coffee, and checking out bikes, everyone gathered around as Tracey Esslinger, Executive Director for Friends for Youth, welcomed all of the riders and friends and went over the day's planned events. She then introduced Don Siecke, a board member, supporter and donor, who shared with the crowd some information about Friends for Youth. He spoke of the organization as having a “foundation of faith, and that change came from the inside out”  when it came to mentoring a youth at risk.

Andrew Yamazaki, the Site-Based Mentoring Coordinator, then went over the route map to Estes Park and let everyone know there would be some great silent auction items up for bid once everyone arrived. He then led the group in a prayer of praise and thanks.

It was then time to ride. The riders pulled out in small groups and in a matter of minutes, the lot was empty and everyone was on their way. It’s always a good day to take a ride up into the mountains of Colorado – and for such a worthy cause. If you would like more information or to get involved with Friends for Youth, please contact them at or call 303-756-9285

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