By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011
James McClanahan, Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson; Reba McClanahan, Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson; Lynn Hernandez, KMOD; Johnny McClanahan, Myers Duren Harley-Davidson, with Wish Ambassador Colby Mitchell.
The 10th annual Brookside Rumble & Roll motorcycle parade and street party revs up June 9. Registration to participate in the parade is $10 per person, and proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma.
Colby Mitchell is the 2011 Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma’s Ambassador and will be the grand marshal of this year’s Brookside Rumble & Roll. Mitchell’s wish to swim with a dolphin in Hawaii was granted in 2010.
Bikers can register for the parade at Myers-Duren Harley Davidson, located at 4848 S. Peoria, online at www.rumbleandroll.com, and at staging the day of the event. Every rider will be eligible for a chance to win a $2,500 shopping spree at Myers-Duren. The cutoff for online registration is Sunday, June 4.
Rumble & Roll parade staging begins at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Tulsa Reynolds Center parking lot. The rally starts at 7 p.m. when the bikers cruise down Cherry Street and then south on Peoria as they rumble into Brookside. They will reach Brookside at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Jane Rohweder, director of development for Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma, encourages spectators to arrive for the street party early. “It’s really something to see hundreds of motorcycles coming at you,” she said. “The noise and excitement is a lot of fun.”
South Peoria will be closed from 32nd Street to 36th Street for the Brookside street party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for people to enjoy the live music, restaurants and beer vendors.
Main sponsors for the Brookside Rumble & Roll are Myers-Duren Harley-Davidson, the Brookside Business Association and Tony Henry. “These sponsors support the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma year after year,” said Rohweder. “They work so hard to benefit our organization.”
Rumble & Roll is an essential fundraiser for the Foundation. All wishes are funded from individual, corporate, school and foundation donations. The organization receives no government funding. This fiscal year, the Foundation plans to grant 165 wishes to Oklahoma children. Persons interested in volunteering or making a donation can visit www.oklahoma.wish.org.
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. In 1987, the organization granted its first wish to a critically ill boy from Oklahoma City; his wish was to go to Disney World. Since then, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oklahoma has granted more than 1,900 wishes.