Nicky Hayden Day fundraising events expand for 2022; includes a motorbike ride, sale of Four Roses and a raffle

After a hugely successful “Nicky Hayden Day” fundraising event on June 9, 2021, organizers are once again planning a charity motorcycle ride and sale of limited-edition Four Roses bourbon bottles, with all proceeds going to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation. But this year there will also be a live auction and raffle with chances for the community to buy tickets to Friday After 5 and PorchFest.

Owensboro Mayor Tom Watson said June 9 would forever be known as “Nicky Hayden Day” when the bronze statue of the Kentucky Kid was unveiled downtown in 2018. That particular date – on 6/9/18 – was chosen in reference to Hayden’s now-retired run. number, #69.

Since then, the community has embraced the idea and used June 9 to organize fundraising events to raise money for the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation, which was created to honor the legacy of the world champion of MotoGP 2006, Nicky Hayden (nicknamed “The Kentucky Kid” in the racing world), died in May 2017 following a bicycle accident.

The first charity motorcycle ride to benefit the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation took place in 2018. The idea of ​​combining the charity ride with the sale of bourbon bottles came about during a conversation with Lure Seafood’s operating partner, Ben Skiadas, who wanted to do something around Nicky Hayden. day in Lure in 2021. So to try something new for 2021, the motorcycle ride started at the statue and ended at Lure Seafood – one block away – to coincide with the bourbon bottle sale .

“What started as a small conversation turned into a much bigger project and a cool event with local impact to honor one of our community heroes,” Skiadis said. “Because of our relationship with the Hayden family, their impact in the community, the work done by the Foundation, and the loved person that Nicky was, we are thrilled to help the Foundation continue its efforts.”

The charity race
For 2022, the charity ride will start again at the Nicky Hayden statue, where bikers are asked to congregate at 5:30 p.m. with crutches up at 6:09 p.m. From there, the engines will roar through downtown and past Hayden’s final resting place. place, ending at Lure Seafood. Riders are not charged for riding, but donations for the Memorial Foundation will be accepted. As an added benefit, the first 69 runners in line will receive a free raffle ticket (explained below) as a thank you for their participation.

Sale of bourbon bottles
During and after the charity ride, the festivities continue at Lure Seafood, where the limited-edition Four Roses bourbon bottles will go on sale at 6:09 p.m. and a live auction will follow. Only 150 bottles will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. The bourbon bottles are poured from a private selection of Four Roses casks handpicked for the occasion and are wrapped with a custom-designed Nicky Hayden label. The bottles will only be sold as part of a set that also includes a Glencairn glass and a Nicky Hayden bobble head with stand for $400.

Live auction
At 8:30 p.m. there will also be a live auction featuring items such as a 2017 Nicky Hayden Edition Tissot watch, a limited-edition double-bottle bourbon collector’s set with this year’s bottle and the bottle of the last year, a set of gloves that Nicky wore in a race, and the custom Four Roses barrel head from this year’s private selection of bourbon barrels.

In addition to the live auction, raffle tickets will also be sold for items such as a Nicky Hayden Arai Reset helmet and limited-edition 2021 and 2022 bottles of Four Roses bourbon. sold out at Bike Night on Friday after 5 on June 10, and winners will be drawn on June 11 at PorchFest.

All proceeds from the charity run, limited-edition Four Roses bourbon bottle sales, live auction and raffle will go to the Nicky Hayden Memorial Foundation for future endeavours.

Through the foundation, the Hayden family has continued Nicky’s spirit of giving back, especially to the Owensboro community. Some examples of projects the foundation has contributed to include Nicky Hayden Apartments at Pitino Shelter, Hayden Home for Girls at St. Joseph Peace Mission, Boys and Girls Club of Owensboro, Public Schools Family Resource Centers of Daviess County, Puzzle Pieces, Fresh Start Women’s Shelter, Habitat for Humanity and St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter, as well as making a wish come true for a local teenager through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which was also one of Nicky’s favorite charities.

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