The fourth annual Lt. Mike Andry Memorial Ride concluded another successful year. Thanks to the efforts of our many friends and volunteers, we collected more than $16,000 in donations. This money will be distributed to three programs that assist children in need; the Howard County Sheriff Department's Benevolent Fund, the Grant County Sheriff's for Kids program, and Angels for Kids of Kokomo. The Military Foundation will also receive a donation this year.

One hundred seven motorcycles participated. A great deal of planning and effort went into making the ride a safe and fun event for everyone.

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge the many public safety agencies that assisted with traffic and security. We are thankful for the assistance of: Kokomo Police Department Motorcycle Unit, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, Greentown Police Department, Howard County Sheriff’s Department, Howard County Emergency Management Agency, Grant County Emergency Management Agency, Wabash Police Department and the Grant County Sheriff’s Department.

Mike’s hometown was Greentown. Support came from the following Greentown community groups: Main Street Association, Masonic Lodge No. 341, Lions Club, Town Council and American Legion Post 317.

Ladendorf Law was the ride’s major business sponsor. Other area businesses include the North-n-Tavern, Down on Main Street, Hill Insurance & Financial Services, David McQueen Aerial Productions, Smokin’ for a Cause, Century Fields & Century Villa facilities, Heartland Market, Roby's Bull's-eye, Brandt’s Harley-Davidson in Wabash, and the Indiana Sheriffs' Association.

Eighty-eight businesses were T-shirt sponsors, and many more donated raffle and door prizes. It is impossible to acknowledge everyone who donated in this forum. Just know that we are grateful for each and every contribution.

May God bless those who rode in our event. July 12th is the fourth anniversary of Mike’s untimely death. We who love and miss Mike still have tears, but we have reasons to smile too.  Our broken hearts are healed by the heartwarming support of both friends and strangers.  Your generosity will not be forgotten. 

The Mike Andry Family