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ASU supporters plan 'Ram Ride'

Albany State University’s Ram Riders enjoy the open road during a past trip to Lake Blackshear.

Albany State University’s Ram Riders enjoy the open road during a past trip to Lake Blackshear.

ALBANY, Ga. -- Motorcycle enthusiasts who love to feel the wind hit their face, the freedom of the open road and nature's beauty can experience all three this weekend at the "Ram Ride," a benefit rally organized by Albany State University's Office of Institutional Advancement.

The rally, a fundraiser for the Jo Neal Freeman Scholarship Fund, kicks off Saturday at 11 a.m. at the ASU HPER Gym parking lot. Riders can take part by ponying up the event's $15 registration fee.

When the ride begins at noon, riders will travel east on Oglethorpe Boulevard to U.S. Highway 300 north, on which they will travel to Veterans Park at Lake Blackshear in Cordele. There, the group will meet up at the Beachfront Pavilion for refreshments.

Trophies will be awarded to the best dressed sportster and cruiser, the biker who travels farthest to participate and the group with the most participants.

Jo Neal Freeman, the late wife of ASU President Everette J. Freeman, passed away in March.

Proceeds from the ride continue the ASU first lady's legacy of supporting students who need financial assistance to complete college.

In addition to an entry fee, a raffle contest will start at the event and conclude during the Golden Rams' homecoming, during which a winner will be announced.

The ASU president's fully-loaded 2006 Honda Goldwing touring bike, valued at $16,000, will be raffled. It has anti-lock brakes, a navigation system, heated seats and grips, an intercom system with dedicated MP3 player, cruise control and many more accessories.

Just 350 raffle tickets will be sold at $100 each.

For more information about the event and the raffle, call the ASU Office of Institutional Advancement at (229) 430-4660.

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