Bikers to gather for ride for knowledge


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More than 100 motorcycle riders are expected to gather at Rocky Mount Harley-Davidson Saturday to help out a worthy cause.

Nash Community College Foundation will host its seventh annual Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge with all the proceeds going to student recipients of the Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship at Nash Community College.

The Jack Laughery Ride for Knowledge began in 2007 as a tribute to Jack Laughery, the former chief executive officer and chairman of the Hardee’s restaurant chain along with his wife, Helen, for their love of motorcycling and support for higher education, said NCC’s Senior Director of Marketing and Communication Kelley Deal.

Laughery was known as a “Hometown Hero” for his contributions to the economic development of the greater Rocky Mount area. The scholarship recognizes the Laugherys’ philanthropic endeavors and outstanding leadership for the betterment of the area, said Deal, adding that Laughery enjoyed motorcycling and valued education.

“The Helen and Jack Laughery Honorary Scholarship provides annual scholarships to help deserving nontraditional students who return to college to enhance their marketable job skills,” Deal said. “Fifty scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship’s establishment in 2004.”

The ride is rain or shine with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the ride beginning at 11 a.m. The cost per rider is $20 and includes an hour-long ride through western Nash County escorted by Nash County deputies. Riders can enter into a special raffle worth $750. In addition to the tribute to the Laughery family, this year’s event will honor public safety and military, including first responders, law enforcement officers, firefighters, medical professionals and military veterans.

“These individuals dedicate their lives to ensure the community’s well-being,” Deal said. “This event offers an opportunity for motorcyclists and riders to come together for a great day of fun for a good cause.”