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American Legion Riders of S.C. announce plans for benefit ride

April 7, 2019

HEMINGWAY, S.C. – The American Legion Riders of South Carolina have announced the eighth annual statewide American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund Benefit Run on April 27 – 28. This year the run is in memory of Pete Johnson from Post 166 in Goose Creek.

Johnson participated in the first seven legacy runs and died in 2018.

This statewide ride will involve American Legion Riders chapters throughout the state and will raise money for the scholarship fund through pledges made for every mile each rider completes or donations made, according to an announcement. The run will start in Sumter on April 27, and will head north through Camden towards Cheraw and back south past Florence, stopping in Hemingway for lunch. Afterwards, the ride will proceed to Jamestown, then head east then north, passing through McClellanville, Georgetown, and Conway before ending at American Legion Post #178 in Murrells Inlet.

After an overnight stay in Murrells Inlet, the riders will proceed back south through Georgetown, Jamestown, Orangeburg, and numerous other towns on the way to the State House where the ride will conclude on the afternoon of April 28.

American Legion Riders of South Carolina Chapter 84 includes members from Hemingway, Johnsonville and Georgetown.

The American Legion Legacy Scholarship provides scholarships to children who have had a parent die while on active military service since September 11, 2001, or have served since 9/11 and have a 50% or more disability rating from the Veterans Administration. South Carolina has had 95 heroes die while serving in the War on Terror, the announcement said. During the past seven years, the American Legion Riders of South Carolina has raised over $371,000 through the generosity of supporters throughout the state.

“This event will be a great ride and for a great cause,” said L.Z. Harrison, the state director of the American Legion Riders of South Carolina . “The American Legion Legacy Scholarship helps ensure 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. One hundred percent of the money raised will be carried by representatives of the ALR of South Carolina and proudly donated on behalf of South Carolina during the National Legacy Run.”

There are no administrative costs associated with this event, Harrison said.

All donations are tax deductible and anyone desiring to make a donation can contact Grady Richardson, American Legion Riders of South Carolina Chapter 84 director, at 843-933-1461 or by email at grady@sc.rr.com.