At the first annual Ride for Cindra motocross fundraiser, every lap around the track was for a good cause.
The event, which took place Oct. 7 at Rock Creek Race Track in Kimberly, raised more than $2,000 for a scholarship fund in honor of Cindra Brinkman Henson, a teacher at Buhl Middle School who died suddenly in 2004 at age 36.
"We want to help students and keep her memory alive," said Lillie Kaster, the coordinator of the event.
The idea for the event came from Kaster's 15-year-old son Roger Vulgamore, who was one of Henson's students. Henson started a program called the After School Academy and was known for her compassion and enthusiasm. After her death, Vulgamore wanted to do something special to honor her. "She helped me out with a lot of stuff," said Vulgamore. "I wanted to give something back."
They eventually decided to set up a scholarship fund in her name and hold motocross races as a fundraiser. Last Sunday's event included motocross races and a raffle with prizes, such as a two night stay at Danners Log Cabins in Stanley and two rounds of golf and dinner at Clear Lakes Country Club. Kaster said they also are selling Ride for Cindra T-shirts.
Kaster said more than 50 spectators attended the event and about a dozen riders of all ages and skill levels participated in the races. She also said they raised more than $2,100 for the scholarship fund. Part of that money came from Avelar Dairy in Buhl, who have issued a "dairyman's challenge." They donated $500 to the fund and challenged other dairymen in the Magic Valley to meet or beat that amount.
The total goal for the scholarship fund is $8,000 to $10,000. Kaster said if the fund reaches $8,000, the scholarship will be self-sustaining. According to Kaster, they plan to give out one $500 scholarship to a Buhl High School senior each year. Kaster said that if they exceed their goal, they will either give out a larger scholarship or multiple scholarships.
Kaster said they plan to make Ride for Cindra an annual event, and are already thinking about next year.
"If we can keep it growing, it will give even more kids opportunities," said Kaster.
Erica Littlefield can be reached at 961-4515 or email@example.com.
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