Northwest Ride of Dreams & Classic Car Show

The Seattle Police Department is proud to be participating in the 1st Annual Northwest Ride of Dreams and Classic Car Show to benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Washington.  On Saturday, August 28, 2010 it is expected that hundreds of motorcycles will descend on the historic city of Ellensburg, Washington from five primary starting points across the state to raise funds for the Special Olympics.

Rotary Park, at 1200 West 5th in West Ellensburg, is the site where riders and non-riding participants will converge and be greeted by Special Olympics Washington athletes, friends and family.  A Special Olympics induction ceremony will take place followed by a community festival comprised of concessions, vendors, food, entertainment, raffles, and a Classic Car Show.  David Rose, host of the weekly Q13 Fox television series Washington’s Most Wanted, will be the master of ceremonies.  Participants, whether they be a rider or a non-riding participant, must raise a minimum of $30.00 per person with all proceeds going to Special Olympics Washington.  Those registering will each receive an official NW Ride of Dreams and Classic Car Show t-shirt and goody bag.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run® (LETR) Campaign is comprised of local law enforcement agencies throughout the State of Washington and the organizers of the event which they hope will raise $100,000.00 for Special Olympics programs.  Beth Wojick, Special Olympics Washington CEO, praised the state’s law enforcement agencies for their ongoing support of Special Olympics saying “even during some of the most challenging times in recent memory for law enforcement, they continue to serve our communities.  Last year events such as the Torchlight Run, Tip-A-Cop, Polar Plunge and Cops-on-Top of a Donut Shop raised over $500,000.00 for Special Olympics programming across the state and we thank them for their support and their courage.”

Ellensburg Police Chief Dale Miller, one of the coordinators of the NW Ride of Dreams and Classic Car Show said, “This is really exciting and I’m thrilled to be associated with such a first rate organization; it’s wonderful.  I’m also quite proud of my fellow officers involved in this campaign.”  Miller went on to say that “It’s the Special Olympics athletes themselves that makes this all worthwhile and the joy on their faces confirms that we’re doing the right thing.”

The primary starting points for the NW Ride of Dreams and Classic Car Show are: Marysville, Renton, Spokane, Centralia, and Kennewick.  For registration information or for individuals who are unable to participate but would like to contribute to the Northwest Ride of Dreams please visit www.nwrideofdreams.org

About Special Olympics Washington: Special Olympics Washington provides year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.  By participating in sports, physical fitness and healthcare education programs, Special Olympics Washington athletes increase self-confidence and social skills, improve physical and motor skills, and have better success in leading more productive and independent lives.  For more information on daily events please visit www.sowa.org

For more information you may contact:

Steve Wright (206) 713.4330  swright@sowa.org

Mary Do (206) 548.6702  mdo@sowa.org