Let me start off by saying, being part of the Sandy Corely Memorial Run for as long as I have has been one of the greatest sources of accomplishment in my career. When I first came to Muskegon, making sure the radio station did all it could to help the cause was paramount. The Corley family and the staff at the shop....not to mention the Fremont HOG Chapter are remarkably dedicated to their purpose and their event. In my mind, the least we could do was get all hands on deck to aid in the battle of treatment of cancer for Muskegon and the Lakeshore area.
We helped promote the event, we helped promote the pre-parties, held some pretty spectacular radio auctions. We talked to the rock stars coming there to perform, we took listeners back stage to meet them. All the typical radio stuff. But there was one moment of selfishness for me every year, and that was being asked to stand on stage while the bike raffle and recognition ceremony was going on. To be allowed to introduce Rick and the family and to know that the loss of Sandy was not in vain.
In fact, in the 29 years since we lost the patriarch of the bunch, to fill that hole with the over $2,000,000 dollars for the treatment of area cancer victims has been a testimony to the man. It all started off with a handful of people at Mt. Garfield and now, is probably the second largest event that the Double JJ Resort sees every year. There are still plenty of people in tents, but there are also some pretty big dollar rv's coming in to enjoy the event, and our community. The best part of it all, the fellowship. You take a ride through the campground...people are laughing, partying, talking and sharing. I have been known personally to roam the lot looking for the best food...might even do that this year again. :)
I caught up with Rick Corley at Sandy's Harley-Davidson to talk about this years event, the new date and his personal feelings on the growth of the event and the size of the checks they are still able to present to The Johnson Center for Cancer Care at Mercy Health. Take a listen to our chat below!
It's a huge event. It's one of the Lakeshores liongest running events and it keeps growing eveyr year. Get there! Be a part of the fun, enjoy some or all of the concerts, enjoy the fellowship and purpose started 29 years ago to remember a guy who may have lost the battle, but left a leagacy of friends, family and fellow riders that will remember his name by doing what they can to help others fight cancer. My sincere thanks to Marilyn, Rick Karen and everyone for giving me the chance to be part of the family that makes up the Sandy Corely Memorial Run! Click on that beautiful Harley below for the SCMR page, tickets and more!