The Norman Transcript


July 31, 2013

Race benefits the United Way



Third place: Jennifer Gay — Army themed design


First place: Bramlett & Associates Multimedia —Mobile shower design

Second place: McMahon Marketing — Dream machine design

Third place: Ideal Homes — Home on wheels design

In addition to the races, a carnival-like atmosphere added to the excitement of the event. The Norman Fire Department and Norman Police Department hosted activities for children and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office conducted fingerprinting for kids. Face painting and a craft table kept little ones entertained pre-race. Music and MC services were provided by Nexus Productions, SportsTalk 1400 broadcasted live from the event and Earnie the Eagle, First American Bank’s mascot, greeted kids and cheered on the racers.

“I’m overwhelmed by this event,” Collins said. “Watching the kids compete and win medals and trophies was incredibly heartwarming. The real winner, however, is the Norman community. Not only do we have a new family fun event to look forward to, we also raised nearly $5,000 to help fund the 49 programs supported by the United Way of Norman. A big thanks to First American Bank and everyone who made The Ride possible. I hope this is just the beginning of a new Norman tradition.”

First American Bank president Neil Schemmer agreed. “We are incredibly grateful to the business and community members who came together for this great cause.” he said. “The Ride was a lot of fun, but more than that, it’s been a vehicle to promote the United Way of Norman and increase our efforts in raising money for critical services in our community. The more we are able to raise, the more help the agencies in Norman are able to provide to those who need it most.”

Event organizers are looking ahead to The Ride 2014, but first there are rumors of The Ride Grand Prix, a big wheel race for adults. “We are working out the details, but it looks likely that an adult race is in the works,” Schemmer said.

For more information about the United Way of Norman, visit

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