The next effort was to try to obtain sponsors for the ride. Since there had never been a ride, there was some doubt about what we could expect. But the merchants and businesses of Norman and surrounding community proved to be supportive and generous once they heard our story. The Sooner Lions Club would like to think the following generous supporters of the first annual Ride for Sight.
Our Ultra Long Distance Donor was Big Red Sports and Imports, our Double Century donors were Red Dirt Report, City Plumbing, and Seth Wadley Auto Group,and our Century donors were Alpha Recycling, and Fowler Auto Group. Other donors were Louis Hemphill Insurance, Bob Moore, First American Bank, Westwood Veterinary Hospital, The Athletic Loft, Reynolds Autogroup, Stoneridege Enterprises, Citywide Mortgage, Central OK Vet Emergency, Eskridge Honda, 405 Bicycles, Arvest Bank, Rieger Realty, Road ID, Kevin Young, O.D., Agility Labs, Cindy Nashert, Sean Rieger Law Firm, Mitchell's Jewelry, Ellen Donaldson, John Melot Law Firm, CVS Minute Clinic, Gene Clinkenbeard, Matt Spaulding, Midway Deli, Chick-Fil-A, R&D Plumbing, Sonic HQ, Jack Shilling, Starbucks, OG&E. Aztec. Dave's Pharmacy, Buchanan Bicycles, Physical Therapy Central, Panera Bread, Custom Builders of Oklahoma, and Al's Bicycles. There are many others that contributed to the success of this first ride. Our appreciation goes out to all that assisted.
Permitting with the Norman High School could not have been handled any better. School officials were encouraging to our effort and supported the club activity in the middle of a very busy May schedule.
It is amazing how much goes on in Norman on an early May weekend. To plan an activity on the city streets of Norman, you need a parade permit.
We were having a ride, not a parade, but we still needed a parade permit.