A little history on Mad Max
Ride for the Kids Inc………
Since 1995, the Miracle Ride for Children has been a major contributor of donations to various children's hospitals throughout the country. John Maxwell has been a part of the Miracle Ride in Indianapolis, for Riley's Children's Hospital since 1998. Through careful consideration and determination he started a program in Evansville called: Mad Max “Ride for the Kids”, which took several years to plan. 4 years ago John won a motorcycle in Indianapolis for the most monetary donations made from an individual. He decided then raffle tickets would be sold and the bike, he won, would be the Grand Prize. The raffle and several other fundraising efforts would be his part of the contribution process. Since that time, this event has culminated into raising enough funds to win the annual motorcycle give-away which has enabled the Bike Raffle to continue for the past three years.
In 2008, after winning the Harley Davidson motorcycle, Mad Max “Ride for the Kids”, was started as a simple benefit to bring together support for this cause. The effects were strong, resulting in 50 supporters participating in the Poker Run and $7,400 being raised. When taking the check to Riley's, John Maxwell and the supporters got a glimpse at the number of kids who still needed our help.
After careful thought and consideration, John brainstormed the possibilities of how a repeat in 2009 could be utilized to bring together more support for this cause. Several friends and family members assisted in gathering over 40 area businesses and 200 private donations. On May 9, 2009, over 250 people rallied together for the Poker Run and were set off in a dramatic fashion lead by area fire and police departments at Deaconess Gateway Hospital! The turnout was amazing!!
On May 30, 2009, John Maxwell and 25 supporters embarked on Riley's, in Indianapolis, and were able to deliver a check for over $18,000. This was a very emotional moment and even more motivating for the supporters which were able to see first-hand the amount of appreciation received when seeing the kid’s faces! At this point it was obvious; Mad Max “Ride for the Kids”, would become an annual event!!!
2010 - After many events to assist in the fundraising, 2010 turned out to be the most successful year yet for the Mad Max Crew. The Mad Max Crew raised almost $30,000. John Maxwell and his team were recognized for their efforts, in the August 2010 issue of Hoosier Motorcyclist (ABATE). This was a huge honor for all those involved. At this point the team was more motivated than any other year. They were looking for support from local/tri-state businesses and a broader reach of participation throughout the tri-state!
2011 – The team became 501-C certified, a non-for-profit organization. “Inc.”, was also added changing the name to “Mad Max Ride Inc.”. With much help from the community including Kappa Sigma Fraternity, 2011 was again a huge success, raising almost $24,000. Mad Max Inc., thanks all of the support from the community including all the volunteers, sponsors and riders. This is the first year we tried a 2-day event, including a Demolition Derby at Vanderburgh County 4-H.
2012 – Mad Max Ride Inc. has been off to a slow start due to an illness that caused John to leave the Miracle Ride early and kept him in the hospital for weeks. But, the team really put the petal to the metal in their efforts to organize the benefits for May 19th and May 20th. A car show was added to our weekend events at Gibson County 4-H. The support from local businesses and volunteers has been fantastic. We have added a Golf Scramble to our fundraising activities this year at Thunderbolt Golf Course. We are very proud we were able to donate a total of over $32,000. We took over $27,600 to Riley Hospital in Indianapolis during the Miracle Ride and $5,000 was given to Deaconess Riley in Evansville.
2013 – John won two bikes this year. 2012 1200 sportster – this for most money raised as a group. Also a 2013 street glide- this for the grand prize drawing. He is donating back the 2012 Sportster, we are selling raffle tickets on it. We turned in $22,000 to Indianapolis Riley, making us the largest donor for the sixth straight year. We were also able to donate $7,800 to our own Deaconess Riley. We had 162 riders this year in our Ride for the Kids. Robert Wilson won the bike we raffled off, a 2012 883 L. Our new event Hearts for Riley was a great success, raising over $1,600. Our golf scramble had to be rescheduled for June, after the Miracle Ride. We raised almost $2,600 and the money will go towards 2014.
In the last six years John and his group have raised over $130,000 in all to give to Riley Hospital and Deaconess Riley.
Or you can fill out the Volunteer Form on the "Donate / Volunteer" section of this website and one of the volunteer coordinators will contact you for availability.
“Ride for the Kids at Riley’s”, is not only a wonderful, beneficial, yet critical cause, it is extremely exciting and fulfilling to be a part of an organization that continues to give 110% to a Life Changing cause!