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Sixth Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge to be Held May 4th

The Nash Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson. The event serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former CEO and chairman of the Hardee’s restaurant chain along with his wife, Helen and their love of motorcycling and support of higher education. All proceeds from the motorcycle ride benefit the Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship Fund at Nash Community College.

The Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship was established in 2004 to recognize the Laugherys’ philanthropic endeavors and outstanding leadership for the betterment of the Nash/Rocky Mount area. This fund provides annual scholarships to help deserving nontraditional students who return to college to enhance their marketable job skills. Thirty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment.

Come visit “CHANCE” at the 6th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge. Chance is a 6 year old, 2,000 pound Clydesdale who lives in Castalia at Roma’s Clydesdale Farm.

The ride is rain or shine and will be held at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson. Registration will begin at 9:00am and the ride will begin at 11:00am. The cost is $20 per rider and includes breakfast, lunch, a raffle ticket, entertainment, a commemorative pin and photo, live music by BushHawg and a parade-style ride escorted by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office through scenic Nash County. All bikes are welcome. Come meet former Lynyrd Skynyrd body guard and plane crash survivor Gene Odom! Bring the whole family to see Chance the Clydesdale from Roma’s Clydesdale Farm, the Nash Community College Fire and EMS vehicles, NCC Machining and Welding custom-built chopper or try the Harley-Davidson Jumpstart Rider Experience.

The event will feature a silent auction for music lovers with items including a guitar signed by Lynyrd Skynyrd, a tambourine autographed by Doug Gray of Marshall Tucker Band and additional items from the band, a drum head and sticks autographed by guitarist Bobby Ingram of Molly Hatchet, a drum head signed by Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original drummer, Artimus Pyle, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and plane crash survivor, and a violin, a photo autographed by current members of Kansas and items signed by Foghat and Nantucket. Raffle tickets are being sold for a chance to win a 70” Sharp Aquos Smart TV ($3,000 value), a Harley-Davidson $500 gift card and more. Visit to purchase raffle tickets for $10 each or three for $25.

The Nash Community College Foundation is thankful to the following 2013 ride sponsors. Gold sponsors: Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine, Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Inc., Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc., Institutional Interiors, Nash County Sheriff’s Department, Doug Sauls Bar-B-Q & Seafood, Wells Fargo and Rocky Mount HOG Chapter. Silver sponsors are: Canteen Vending, Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners, Key Storage of Nashville, Bobby Murray Toyota/Mitsubishi, Rocky Mount Area Association of Realtors, Inc., RedPhish Music and Montgomery Violins and SuitCase Event Photography. Bronze sponsors: Daughtridge Gas & Oil, Pet’s Best Friend, Krispy Kreme and Twin County Motorsports.

For more information, visit,, call 252-451-8230 or email

Pictured from left: 6th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge  Debbie Sykes, Owner of Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine; Dr. Bill Carver, NCC President; Rick Winstead, President of Key Printing and Storage; H.O.G. Chapter, President Shelton Meade; Jimmy Lyles, Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson General Manager; John Rudolph, Owner of Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson; Russ Saputo, Vice President at Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc.; Pat Ellis Daniels, NCC Foundation Executive Director; Mayo Boddie of Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Lieutenant David Wooten of Nash County Sheriff’s Office and Annette Dishner, NCC Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer.