March 10, 2006
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|Today there was a bike show on The Boardwalk, so we moved down to the grassy knoll near the awards stage.
Fortunately for us the day was hopping! Having no time to walk Main Street, we could barely keep up with the visitors to
our booth. We met so many really nice people, including a married couple from England. The wife's sister has
scleroderma and they were looking for help across The Pond. We put them in touch with The Scleroderma Foundation,
assisting with finding support at home.
The Bike Show was totally cool. More than 100 bikes, ranging from turbocharged monsters to radical choppers to
several candidates for my "what the heck is that" series. Plus we captured more cool beards! See Jim's Picks below,
featuring my favorites.
At five PM, a free concert started at the amphitheater at the other end of The Boardwalk. I was invited to make several
public service announcements, drawing attention to our booth and the charities. I introduced Radio Bob, the emcee,
after my announcements. Also I tossed more than two dozen scleroderma wristbands to the crowd. As expected, they
grabbed them in a frenzy. More than 1,000 people were in the audience to watch the evening headliner, Pat Travers,
who has been touring the United States for the past month. Past acts to the stage have included The Beach Boys and
Lynard Skynard. So it was a special moment.
I had a touching opportunity to meet the father of Jessica Lunsford, Mark Lundsford. Jessica was brutally murdered last
year and buried 150 yards from her house. Mark has been leading the way to implement special federal legislation to
better protect our children from such heinous crimes. S. 4472 was introduced by Congressman Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc.,
introduced as The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act of 2005 in December of last year. Work is
underway to make this law. A picture of Jessie's Ride is our featured picture of the day.
With that, check out our daily photographs below!
|SETTING UP IN
|Hi girls! Too cute.
||Sunrise on the pier.
||Lining up for the show.
|Setting up on the grassy knoll.
||We stopped by to thank our new
friends at the Cultural Services
|Our office away from office -- The
UPS Store. Hi Debbie Boeyen.
|Thank you for your support!
||Hi Angel, Eddie and Manuel.
||Hi Paul Brohman.
|Hair, hair everywhere!
||Hello Greg Knopp and Greg Jr.!
||Hello Steve McCain. Give Hanna a
big hug for us!
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|Hello Al Schone.
||Thank you Steve Binkley.
||Steve Kuhl, Orlando, Florida.
|Hi Dennis DeCarmine, 12 yrs. old.
Another future biker of America.
|Sarah Porreca and Aaron Glaser,
|We appreciate your support,
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|Thank you Mary Smith and family!
||Hello Nathan Gollehur and friends,
|That's a cool beard, Ron Uzzo!
|Thanks Claudette and Larry from
|Hello Debbie O'Neill and Joe
Ranallo. Joe's daughter's name is
Julia Lynn. Go Julia!!!
|Hello Dawn and Mark Bennett, from
England. Call Chris Underation at
1-800-722-4673, The Scleroderma
|Proud father and mother. Their son,
left, is the bassist of the opening act.
|Getting ready to start the concert.
Radio Bob, the emcee, at right.
|THANK YOU HELEN RIGER. YOUR
STAFF HAS BEEN FANTASTIC!!!
|The stage just moments before.
||Jim Filanc and Mark Lunsford meet.
click to link to Jessie's website.
|Jim Filanc making a public service
announcement to the crowd.
|Come on Jim.
||Rockin' the house.