Craven Hosts 7th Annual Snowmobile Charity Ride
News Release February 2, 2004.
GREENVILLE, ME - Ricky Craven hosted his 7th Annual Snowmobile Ride for Charity
on Saturday, January 31, 2004 in Greenville, Maine. Craven, through the generous
support of the riders and businesses involved, including local sponsor Maine Mountain
Soap and Candle Co., raised $253,500 for various charities, the largest amount
he has ever raised in one year.
Over 575 riders participated in the ride this year, a 60-mile snowmobile ride
through the hills of Moosehead Lake, and an autograph session with Ricky and owner
of PPI Motorsports, Cal Wells. Around 500 prizes were given away thanks to the
sponsors of the event, and included Gift Baskets, Tide Racing Candles and Lip
Balm from Greenville's own Maine Mountain Soap and Candle Co.
Five charities received a sum of $48,500 each: The Marrow Foundation, Children's
Miracle Network, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine and New Hampshire, The Travis
Roy Foundation and Give Kids the World. Additional donations were made to Moosehead
Riders Snowmobile Club and to the Greenville school system.
For his charitable work, Craven was the recipient of the 2003 NASCAR USG Person
of the Year award, which recognizes a driver for his off-track efforts. In addition
to the award, Craven was given $100,000, all of which he donated to the charity
Over the seven-year history of the ride, Craven has been able to donate a total
sum of $820,110 to the charities involved.
"This year's snowmobile ride was so rewarding," said Craven. "It gets bigger and better every year, and I am so grateful to everyone that supports this cause, because it takes a lot of people to make it successful. I want to thank everyone from the riders to the corporate sponsors who make this possible, but there are many people behind the scenes that donate their time and hard work to make this event so great. I'm very blessed that we have so many people who believe in this cause and I hope we can continue to grow this event year after year because it really does touch so many lives!"
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