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Jere’s Ride readies to honor namesake, raise funds

By Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:21 PM

About four months shy a year since Lebanon attorney Jere McCulloch died while competing in a bicycle race, a Leadership Wilson group plans to honor his memory and raise funds for a special needs organization with the first Jere’s Ride. 

The event will be April 26 at 8 a.m. at the Wilson County Fairgrounds and will feature three course options, a three-mile family ride, a 15-mile novice course and a 31-mile expert race. In-kind donations will be accepted before, during and after the race. 

“We are now approaching $25,000 to benefit Empower Me Day Camp,” said Rusty Richardson, a member of the Leadership Wilson group that’s behind Jere’s Ride. “We have no idea how many people are going to be there. We have heard from cycle clubs from across central Tennessee that are planning on being there. We are planning on a great day, a great event, a great way to benefit Empower Me Day Camp and a great way to honor Jere.”

Other Leadership Wilson class of 2014 members involved in the group include Angel Kane, Pamela Wiggins, Gregg Clarke, Jeff Joines, Matt Caldwell and Adrian Muniz. 

Kane said marketing director Adam Groshans with University Medical Center – a Jere’s Ride sponsor, was helpful in organizing the race along with Michelle Hill, director of Empower Me Day Camp. 

Jere’s Ride will benefit the Empower Me Day Camp, a nonprofit corporation established in 1999 by a group of pediatric therapists to address the lack of adequate opportunities for children with disabilities in the greater Nashville area. The goal of the organization is to empower these children through creating new and exciting opportunities to enhance the quality of their lives

The ride is planned to honor McCulloch, a well-known Lebanon attorney and founding partner of Rochelle, McCulloch and Aulds. McCulloch died of a heart attack Aug. 24 while competing in the Heart of Tennessee 100, a bicycle race sponsored by the Murfreesboro Bicycle Club. 

McCulloch received a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University and law degree from the University of Tennessee. He was also a member of the inaugural Leadership Wilson class in 1994, a past president and member of the 15th Judicial Bar Association, a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Tennessee Association of Construction Counsel, fellow with the Tennessee Bar Foundation and was named among the best lawyers in America in the areas of eminent domain and condemnation.

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