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Ride To Remember 2020

A “Ride to Remember” is part of a much larger effort in Loudon and Monroe Counties, as well as surrounding communities, to establish support for those who are experiencing the effects of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Our PLACE, once constructed, will provide programs that will enrich the afflicted individuals’ lives and provide relief for their caregivers. Additional information concerning Our PLACE is available online at In Monroe and Loudon Counties, not including surrounding communities, a conservative estimate shows approximately 12,000 seniors and their caregivers are affected by dementia. Alzheimer’s and dementia are ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States according to, but the only one in the top ten that has no cure.


Charlie Barnard, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Tellico Village, his wife, Teresa, along with Mike and Sonia Hosick, will be taking a 7,000-mile motorcycle journey through the southwestern and midwestern states. Along the way, they have scheduled speaking engagements to bring attention to the benefits of adult day services for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.


A Departure Dinner with two seating times is planned for August 26th, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church in Tellico Village. The Departure Dinner is being donated by our local Chick-fil-A with dessert provided by the church. There will be a patriotic introduction, discussion of the ride, and celebration of our sponsors at both dinners. Charlie and his three companions will depart on their journey following the 7 p.m. seating.


Corporate sponsors for the “Ride to Remember” include Chick-fil-A in Lenoir City, Alcoa Good Times, Merrill Lynch of Knoxville and Matlock Tire; as well as First Baptist Church in Tellico Village. Personal sponsors are needed and encouraged to donate per mile or a flat amount. Individual sponsors could receive a commemorative T-shirt and departure dinner ticket.

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