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Councilman Henderson urges support for Southwest Center for weekend fun raising Oct 6th and 7th

Tuesday October 2, 2007

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

This weekend will be a fun one for bikers and those who love vintage cars. It will also be a weekend to help raise money for an organization that helps the special needs of one group of individuals in Metro Louisville.

“The Southwest Center is a great organization that needs our help once a year,” says Councilman Bob Henderson (D) 14. “I hope people will come out this weekend to help them raise money to keep an important organization up and running for the community.”

The Southwest Center, located at 8009 Terry Road is kicking off a weekend fundraising extravaganza with the “Ride for Independence” bike rally on Saturday, October 6th and 7th. The bike rally is dedicated to the memory of Tattoo Charlie for his planning and preparation of this 1st Annual Bike Rally.

The entry fee for the 107 mile trek is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. Free T-shirt with paid entry. Registration begins at 8:30am. The Ride kicks off at 10:00am.

It is sponsored by Tattoo Charlie's, Derby City Customs, Texas Roadhouse, On-Site Electrostatic Painting, Dignity Memorial Funeral Providers and many more.

Then on Sunday, October 7th, the 3rd Annual Open Rod Run gets underway from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The Open Rod Run is open to anyone who has a vintage car and wishes to pay a $10 entry fee. The event is sponsored by Scott’s Jr. Interior, Elite Performance and Rodger’s Body Shop.

“This weekend is a major fundraising event for the Southwest Center and they could use our help,” says Henderson. “Everyone should come out and have a good time, enjoy the bikes and cars, and learn more about the Southwest Center.”

“The Southwest Center would like to sincerely thank all sponsors for their continued support of our agency through their involvement with our 3rd Annual Rod Run and the 1st Annual Bike Rally,” says Alex Scholtz of the Center.” By having the support of our dedicated community partners we will continue to grow and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities for years to come.”

The Center provides services to the developmentally disabled and mentally challenged in the Metro Louisville area. It serves about 150 people with training and vocational services at its Terry Road facility.

For more information about either the Ride for Independence or the 3rd Annual Open Rod Run, call (502) 935-1848 or go to

Bob Henderson (D)14