Rushville Republican

June 12, 2013

Alex’s fifth annual Memorial Ride Saturday

Rushville Republican

RUSHVILLE — The fifth annual Memorial Ride being held in remembrance of Alex Workman begins with sign-ups from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 15, at the Rushville Eagles.

Those participating will depart at noon.

The cost is $15 per bike and $5 for an added rider.

The day includes a dinner, an auction and entertainment with all proceeds and donations going to the Alex Workman Memorial Fund. An endowment is setup with the Rush County Community Foundation to continually help autistic children in the area.

The event is sponsored by Rushville Eagle Riders #2036.

The fifth annual 5K memorial walk for Workman will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 18.

Alex was an 8-year-old boy who was killed Feb. 1, 2009, in a snowmobile accident. At the time of his death the youngster was a student at Mays Elementary School. He loved to draw and build with Legos, was amazed with the moon and loved to smell the morning air. He was a very special little boy, who was autistic, say organizers of the local event.

The community was very supportive to the family during their loss. Afterwards the family knew that they wanted to give back in some way.

They established the memorial fund to support the needs of families who have children with autism or teachers who work with children with autism in Rush County. The annual distribution is awarded through a competitive grant process from the fund. A grants committee meets early in May of each year to make their recommendation for awarding the annual grant.

The family suffered a tremendous loss with the death of Alex, but by choosing to establish this fund they know that his memory will live on. Plus, it allows them to help give families of children with autism and teacher working with autistic children an opportunity to apply for financial assistance in helping those children.

This is the fifth year since starting the memorial fund with an annual motorcycle ride in June and a 5K walk in August. All proceeds from both events go to this fund.

In addition, Rushville Mayor Mike Pavey kicked off a 5K run/walk this year that chose as its first effort to benefit autism awareness. The inaugural April event started at Riverside Park and benefited the ARC of Rush County and the Alex Workman Memorial Fund.

If you haven’t already, make plans to participate in Alex’s fifth annual Memorial Ride Saturday.

For more information, contact Joanne Holmes at 765-932-5303 or