With the pandemic in the rearview mirror, STAND T.A.L.L. again sponsored their annual Bike for the Blue motorcycle fundraising ride. This year’s route “The Sidewinder,” a 35-mile scenic ride with some challenging curves and turns along Route 9 south and great public exposure along 64-west to 7th Ave.
To provide safety and control of the ride, law enforcement from Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office, Black Mountain Police Department, Hendersonville Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office Patrol & the HCSO VIP officers provided the escort of the motorcycle ride to maintain reasonable speeds and keep the riders safe throughout the route.
STAND T.A.L.L. president, Ron Kauffman explained this current fundraising effort saying, “Our first ride in 2019 before the year-long Covid-19 lockdown was successful. Thanks to the logistical and marketing support of the Harley Davidson team this year, we were able to again return to making this an annual event.
“In 2020 STAND T.A.L.L. was awarded 1st Place as Winner of Best Non-Profit in the Best of Blue Ridge Competition, and while we may be well-known for our support of the K-9 departments of Henderson, Haywood, Polk, and Buncombe counties, we do much more. This fundraising event will help us to expand our geographical reach, as well as fund new programs. Our goal is to make a positive difference in local communities with our various projects throughout western North Carolina.”
To all of those that supported this year's event, thankyou!! Be on the lookout for information about Bike for the Blue 2022!
We are honored to have WON the category of Best Nonprofit in the 2020 “Best of Blue Ridge” Community Choice Awards!
The Best of Blue Ridge Awards are sponsored by the Hendersonville Times-News. Citizens of Henderson County vote yearly for their choices of the best businesses and organizations in our community. Stand T.A.L.L. was thrilled to be chosen by our neighbors as the #1 nonprofit in the county.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished in just over three years of very hard work,” says Stand T.A.L.L. president Ron Kauffman, noting that Stand T.A.L.L. was in the excellent company of several large, well-established nonprofits such as the Blue Ridge Humane Society and the Hospice Foundation for the award.
Thank you to our community for voting us #1! It is our honor to serve the men and woman of our local law enforcement, and we are looking forward to many more years of encouraging and increasing awareness of the importance of good relationships between law enforcement and the citizens of our WNC and upstate SC communities.
STAND T.A.L.L. began when founder Ron Kauffman heard David Clarke, former Sheriff of Milwaukee County, speak at an exposition in Atlanta in 2016. Clarke described many of the challenges and dangers that the men and women of law enforcement face in the line of duty, and asked that those attending the conference say “thank you” to law enforcement officers when they went back to their hometowns.
Ron did more than just say thanks; upon his return to Hendersonville, he decided he’d launch a program that would support local law enforcement officers by fostering positive relationships between them and our communities, as well as provide support for unbudgeted needs they have in performing their duties. STAND T.A.L.L. was born.
STAND T.A.L.L. was selected by the Walnut Cove Members Association (WCMA) to receive a donation for $5000 to assist in their many projects and programs including "Kids & Cops" at the Boys & Girls Club, and "Shop with a Hero" in conjunction with the Hendersonville Police Department. We are grateful!
Left to right:
John McNabb, STAND T.A.L.L. Board Member and Walnut Cove resident
Ron Kauffman, President of STAND T.A.L.L.
Robert May, Chairman of the WCMA selection committee and resident of Walnut Cove
As part of our Shop with a Hero program, STAND T.A.L.L. sponsored 10 kids, giving each child a $100 voucher for Christmas shopping!
Our team and one of the children(Brian Lopez) are pictured here. What a great and joyful day. We are very proud of this project and think it's safe to say that the children and families are, as well!
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