Saturday, September 13, 2008 marked 4 years, 6 months and 1 day since Mary Denise Lands allegedly walked away from her apartment at Waldon Pond. September 13th will also be the date of the 2nd Annual "Ride for Mary" on behalf of Domestic Violence. As we all now know, Mary was a battered woman who suffered at the hands of her boy-friend, Chris Pratt. He is now serving up to 15 years in prison for convictions on domestic violence and violent assault on another girl-friend.
Participation and Registration for the motorcycle ride will be from 9:00 A.M-11:00 A.M. at the Place Next Door, 924 Hanover Street in Marshall, Michigan. Rain or shine, it will be a 74-mile bike ride with stops at Harley Davidson in Battle Creek, Whistle Stop in Burlington, Coldwater Fraternal Order of Eagles, #1907 and J.D’s Country Connection in Tekonsha. All proceeds will go to the Mary Lands Trust Fund, with a donation to Safe Place, an agency in Battle Creek dealing with Domestic Violence. The last stop of the afternoon will be J.D.’s Country Connection, at approximately 4:00 P.M., which will include a pig roast and refreshments, poker run, live bands including Tommy Vale, vendors on site, raffles, burn out cage, and other great prizes. As we did last year, "Ride for Mary" tee shirts will be available. We still have a limited number of shirts from the August 2007 bike ride. Those will be sold for $5.00. Where is Mary? caps will be sold for $3.00.
October 1, 2008- "Ride for Mary" We still have tee shirts left from the 2008 ride, which will be sold for $6.00. If you would like one, please call. All proceeds will go to the Mary Lands Trust Fund.
Come out and join the Marshall family, friends and supporters on our 2nd Annual "Ride for Mary" Many thanks to our great supporters, friends, and sponsors who are making this event possible. Come on out, support the ride, talk about Mary's case, and help bring her home. If you can't attend but would like a shirt, contact Cliff & Anita Marshall at 269.781.4508. We can deliver.
2nd Annual "Ride for Mary" shirts- 09/13/2008
Cliff & Anita announced that although many could not show up because of the rain and storms that passed over Michigan during the weekend Mary's ride was a success. They did raise money at the pig roast and from raffles and prizes, promoting public awareness on the issue of domestic violence. The Marshall's thank you for your support and would like you all to know that they still have "Ride for Mary" shirts now available for $6.00 each in all sizes. If you would like one delivered just give us a call, and we can drop them one off at your home or work.