The American Legion Riders of South Carolina conducted a statewide American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund Benefit Run on April 14-15. The 612-mile run involved ALR chapters and American Legion posts throughout the state, and raised more than $10,000 for the Legacy Fund through pledges and direct donations.
The run departed early morning on April 14 from American Legion Post 6 in Columbia, and progressed approximately 300 miles to Rock Hill, Greenville and an overnight stop at North Augusta. The following morning, the riders rode to Goose Creek, Hemingway, and then Little River and North Myrtle Beach.
The Legacy Riders received a special treat at the Hemingway Recreation Park just before the last leg into North Myrtle Beach. State Sen. John Yancey McGill, District 32, addressed the assembled riders and presented a concurrent resolution from the South Carolina legislature commending the South Carolina American Legion Riders for their conduct and service to the children of those who have fallen for America’s freedoms.
The American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides scholarships to children who have had a parent killed on active-duty military service since Sept. 11, 2001. In 2011, the national Legacy Run raised $668,738 for the fund. South Carolina’s state run will collect proceeds to contribute to the 2012 national Legacy Run, which will take place August 21-25, running from Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Indianapolis.
“This event will be a great ride and for a great cause,” said Walt Richardson, the state director of South Carolina’s Legion Riders. “The American Legion Legacy Scholarship helps ensures that the children of our fallen heroes have a chance to go to college. As a nation we must step forward and support these young people.”
All of the money raised in South Carolina will go toward the Legacy Fund. “There are no administrative costs associated with this event,” said Grady Richardson, director of ALR Chapter 84 in Hemingway, S.C.
To find out more about South Carolina’s run, click here.