Joplin Benefit Ride

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FULTON - Mid-Missouri bikers gathered at the Fulton Walmart Saturday morning to start a ride that raised money for Joplin schools. Ridin' the Road to Recovery hit the highway at 6 a.m., with a full police escort through town from the Fulton Police Department.

The ride was the brainchild of Angie Gowin and her father Roger Gowin.

"After seeing the images on the news, I knew I had to figure out a way to help," Angie said.

And after getting the word out in social media and the biker community, she had plenty of help. More than 60 motorcycles rode in the 230-mile benefit ride, joining at stops in Camdenton and Springfield.

The entry fee for bikers was $20. By the time the convoy reached Joplin on Saturday afternoon, the group managed to raise $3288.08 to purchase school supplies for classes from kindgergarten to high school. Joplin High School was wiped out by the May 22, 2011, EF-5 torando that ravaged the town leaving a mile-wide, six-mile long path of destruction that killed 159 people.

The group purchased the school supplies at the Joplin Walmart.

"We wanted to ride down and buy the supplies in Joplin," Angie said. "It will do more good going right into their local economy."

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