New Hanover Correctional Center holds benefit ride for NC Special Olympics

New Hanover Correctional Center holds benefit ride for NC Special Olympics

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Dozens of riders gathered at Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson for a benefit ride Saturday.

The event was held by the New Hanover Correctional Center. All proceeds and donations benefited Special Olympics North Carolina.

"I enjoy it. I love it," said Sgt. Phillip Webb, Special Olympics Coordinator for the New Hanover Correctional Center.

The riders were a mix of community members and law enforcement.

"When you get this many people out that says something. That says where their heart is," said Webb. "These guys, ladies and kids, everybody around here, they could have been doing something else today, but they came out to support us for this worthwhile cause."

The benefit ride kicked off at 11 a.m., starting and ending at the Harley-Davidson store.

The fundraising goal was $5,000, and last year the group raised $10,000.

Webb has helped organize events to benefit Special Olympics North Carolina for almost a decade.

"Nine years ago, I bit off the apple, and I've loved it ever since," said Webb. "I can't express to you guys and everybody out here how happy I am just to be out here. Just to raise one dollar. That one dollar will go a long way for a kid."

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