The Nash Community College Foundation will sponsor the seventh annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge on May 31 at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson.
The event serves as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former CEO and chairman of Hardee’s, and 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 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 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. Gold level event sponsors are Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson, Nash County Sheriff’s Office, HensonFuerst P.A., Boddie-Noell Enterprises, Carolina Eagle Budweiser Distributors, Institutional Interiors, Behind Barz Motorcycle Magazine and Boondocks Brewing Tap Room & Restaurant. Silver level sponsors are Wheeler & Woodlief, Doug Sauls Barbecue & Seafood, Rocky Mount HOG Chapter, Dunkin Donuts – Sunset Avenue, Key Printing of Nashville and Artisan Tattoo Studio. Bronze level sponsors are Pet’s Best Friend and Twin County Motorsports. The Nash Community College Foundation is appreciative of each sponsor for their investment in the community and support of deserving students.
The event will proceed rain or shine with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and the ride starting at 11 a.m. The cost is $20 per rider and includes breakfast, lunch catered by Doug Sauls, a raffle ticket, entertainment, a commemorative pin, live music and a parade-style ride escorted by the Nash County Sheriff’s Office through Nash County. All bikes are welcome.