Locals raise money through motorcycle ride


Special Photo Riders from around metro Atlanta meet for the fourth annual Ride for the Challenged April 21.


• What: Ride for the Challenged

• When: Registration at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. starts the ride

• Where: Creative Enterprises Building, 701 Hi-Hope Lane, Lawrenceville

• Cost: Free admission, $25 for motorcycles, $10 for passengers

• For more information: Visit www.ceisite.com or contact Stacy Franklin at 770-962-3908 or email stacy@ceisite.com...

LAWRENCEVILLE -- What do you get when you combine a card game with two wheels? Give up?

The fourth annual Ride for the Challenged poker motorcycle ride to benefit Creative Enterprises Inc. on Saturday morning. The money is recycled back into the nonprofit, which is dedicated to assisting adults with disabilities and others with barriers to employment by maximizing their potential with a cat shelter, art programs, a greenhouse and more.

"That was my idea (for the ride) when I came to work here five years ago," said Stacy Franklin of Creative Enterprises. "They were looking for new ways to make money and I suggested this."

Riders start at the organization's main building, where the men and women draw a playing card. Afterwards, the group travels to three other locations (Texaco on Ga. Highway 81, Rooster Cafe on Ga. Highway 11 and Mayfield Dairy on Ga. Highway 124) to draw a card at each location, then head back to the center.

When the group returns, each person draws their final cards. The people with the best -- and worst -- hands win a prize.

Don't own a motorcycle? No worries. For the first time, antique cars are allowed to join the cause. Plus, the Lawrenceville trolley will be lugging around passengers who don't own either vehicle, including clients from Creative Enterprises and children.

If driving around Gwinnett isn't your thing, there are also raffles to be won. Prizes range from gift certificates from Hooter's, Red Robin, Six Flags and Stars and Strikes to tools to bid on as well as tickets to events with the Hudgens Center and the Atlanta Symphony.

While waiting on the raffles, attendees are invited to tour the facilities, including the greenhouse, thrift store and art studio.

"Our main focus is raising awareness. I would want the (public) to know what a great group of people we serve here," Franklin said. "The clients are so humble and they just want to come into work and have activities. They never ask for anything -- we try to do everything for them."

Riders receive a T-shirt, coffee, doughnuts and lunch for registering.