As a 501(c)(3) charity Top Trails OHV Park knows the importance of charitable giving and volunteering. The park, located in north Talladega County, Alabama, was a major driver of multiple events and activities to give back to local, regional and global causes in 2018. In all categories, the park has exceeded previous years and continued its growth towards becoming the premier off-road riding destination in the Southeast.
For example, the Ride For A Cure at Top Trails raised more than $25,000 on September 29, with all donations going directly to fund pediatric brain tumor research. Jeremey Reeves, owner of The Gridiron Restaurants and founder of the Ride For A Cure event, lost his 18-month-old daughter Elyse to brain cancer three years ago. Even though the event was a stark reminder of his daughter’s passing, Reeves was pleased to see so many people coming together under his daughter’s banner to fight cancer.
“This year was by far our biggest ever,” Reeves said. “But what took us a month’s worth of events to raise in the past took us only one day at Top Trails. I’m extremely blessed to have partnered up with Top Trails for such a wonderful cause. I look forward to an even bigger and better Ride For A Cure next year.”
Park Director Wes Pope understands the important role that Top Trails will always play in charitable giving and community support. “In addition to Ride For A Cure, our other annual charity events, such as Kam’s Ride and Elbit Systems' Riding Dirty for Cancer, were also huge successes this past year,” Pope said. “The people and sponsors that came out in support of these events have been amazing and we’re all very proud to be able to support so many amazing causes.”
Kam’s Ride and Elbit Systems’ Riding Dirty for Cancer raised nearly $10,000 in combined donations to the Autism Speaks Foundation and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Along with the park’s role in creating charitable giving opportunities, Top Trails organized relief and cleanup efforts following the tornado devastation in Jacksonville, Alabama. Top Trails staff assisted on-site clearing roadways and helping emergency responders access critical infrastructure to restore power.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, Top Trails helped to organize and contributed to a relief drive with local Talladega businesses and patrons of the park to send over multiple truckloads of food and provisions to Mexico Beach, Florida.
Pope says Top Trails looks forward to an even bigger and brighter 2019 season, growing the attendance and reach of their charity-based events and showing off to the world the giving and goodwill of the off-road community as a whole. Learn more at www.toptrails.net