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Seventh Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge Planned for May 31st

The Nash Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the 7th Annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014 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 ride is rain or shine and registration will begin at 9:00am and the ride will begin at 11:00am. The cost per rider is $20 and includes an hour long ride through beautiful western Nash County escorted by Nash County Sheriff’s Office, breakfast by Hardee’s and Dunkin’ Donuts, lunch by Doug Sauls’ BBQ And Seafood, a unique ride pin and a chance to enter a rider only raffle worth $750! Plus, attendees can enjoy southern and classic rock by ***BUSHHAWG***, Rocky Mount Harley Davidson Burn Out Pit and Jump Start Experience. All bikes are welcome.

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. Fifty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment.

Jack Laughery aimed to make the community better, and this event is a tribute to his legacy. In many ways, he may be remembered as a “Hometown Hero” for the economic development of the greater Rocky Mount area. Jack was a Patriot who loved his Country, enjoyed motorcycling and truly valued education. In addition to Jack and the Laughery Family, the event honor our local hometown heroes. This group includes first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical emergency professionals, and military veterans. These individuals dedicate their lives to ensure the community’s well-being.

The Nash Community College Foundation is appreciative of the following sponsors for their investment in the community and support of deserving students.

Gold Sponsors:
Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson
Nash County Sheriff’s Office
HensonFuerst, P.A.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises
Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Inc.
Institutional Interiors
Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine
Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant

Silver Sponsors:
Wheeler & Woodlief
Doug Sauls Barbecue & Seafood
Rocky Mount HOG Chapter
Dunkin Donuts – Sunset Avenue
Key Printing – Nashville
Artisan Tattoo Studio
Bobby Murray Toyota
Meade, Sykes, & Vick Families
Chick-fil-A of Cobb Corners
First Eastern Rentals

Bronze Sponsors:
Pet’s Best Friend
Twin County Motorsports
Drs. Richard & Amy Hunt, D.D.S

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