Scott Ressmeyer and the Miracle Riders may not be making any more motorcycle rides across the country but the group will still be raising funds to help children in the area and its new partner is the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley.
The new Miracle Riders Fund was announced Thursday afternoon.
"We think it is a perfect fit," said Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation.
She said the Community Foundation will manage the fund including money raised by the Miracle Riders and also money that people in the community might donate directly.
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"These guys are proven fundraisers. We have followed their efforts for seven years. Their commitment to our community's children has been inspiring and heartwarming. We are honored Scott and the Riders have entrusted the management of this fund to the Community Foundation," Covington said.
Ressmeyer is co-owner of Country's Barbecue and the Community Foundation already manages the Country's Midnight Express Foundation Fund, which since 2003, has given out grants totaling $358,000 to help the visually impaired.
Ressmeyer said there are currently 29 Miracle Riders. Seven motorcycle trips across the country raised more than $1.1 million for the Children's Miracle Network at Midtown Medical Center.
Some of the money raised for the new fund will still benefit that cause but Ressmeyer said it will also benefit others such as Girls Inc. and the Boys & Girls Club of the Chattahoochee Valley.
"We always said we would end the ride when we reached that $1 million mark but we knew our commitment to children would continue long after the ride ended. With the Miracle Riders Fund, we can continue providing for the children of the Chattahoochee Valley, whether their needs are healthcare or something else," Ressmeyer said.
He said he believes every child deserves a chance.
"Anything we can do to make a positive difference in a kid's life, we want to do," Ressmeyer said. "Working with the Community Foundation gives us an avenue to reach out to other organizations."
Covington said the Community Foundation, formed in 1998, has awarded close to $100 million in grants through its donor advised, unrestricted, designated, field of interest, scholarship and organization endowment funds.
Covington said a fundraiser will be held Jan. 9 during the Columbus Cottonmouths hockey game against the Huntsville Havoc at the Columbus Civic Center. Team owner Wanda Amos is having a special jersey designed that will be autographed and auctioned off following the game.
For more information about the Community Foundation visit www.cfvc.com.