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Freedom Ride a success

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    Riders make their way through Liberty County while braving some chilly wet weather. The Vindicator | Abraham Ramirez

This years’ Liberty Education Foundation’s 7th annual Freedom Ride brought us another year of interesting weather. Over 100 riders launched off the starting line at a chilly 37 degrees as they trekked north. The ride kicked off at the Liberty Center, with the event offering three rides of 18, 38, and 75 miles, with the longest ride reaching Romayor before the riders finally set back south towards Liberty. As the riders neared the Hardin city limits, they faced the elements as they battled against the rain and winds of 20 miles per hour as they pushed forward.

The event lead organizer, Bruce Wright, mentioned, “I always love to put on a great event, but this is not just about fundraising. It’s not just about us. We want to put on something that’s good for the Liberty community.”

After months of planning, the event could not have been accomplished without the foundation’s crew.

“I would be remiss in making a list, but I can start with a couple of them, which are the donors for this particular event,” he said.

Those donors are Logan Pickett and his law office, Leslie Herndon, BJ Ford, and Robert Dunn, funding the main portion of the event.

Each event’s proceeds directly go towards the Liberty Independent School District education group to fund classrooms, investments, and future events. Janie Ripkowski is organizing the next event as a Gala called “Still Dancing,” set for April 23. More information on the Gala can be found on, with tickets set at $75, including a catered meal.