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Daryl Kuhnhenn Continues to Give

By Staff | Oct 2, 2015

Kent Christenson and Kirk Seaver accept a check on behalf of the Rugby American Legion Post 23 from Gail Kuhnhenn and Gail (Kuhnhenn) Heilman.

Hundreds of riders converged on Main Avenue in Rugby for the fourth annual Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride early in September with one thing on their mind, to honor someone who gave so much to so many during his life and now his family continues the tradition by raising money for organizations in and around Rugby with a memorial ride.

The ever-growing ride, in honor of the late Rugby resident Daryl Kuhnhenn who in his life was son, father, volunteer, business owner and Vietnam veteran and according to all the knew him a man’s man. This year the Daryl Kuhnhenn memorial ride stretched as far as the eye could see. There were 258 registrants and 376 registered riders/passengers but many more who joined the caravan and according to Mandy & Ben Kuhnhenn, “It seems like there were so many more people than in the past!”

This event was deemed an unquestionable success not just because of the riders or the outpouring of love for a man that made such a difference in so many people’s lives but because the ride also raised $15,000 this year to be given back to the community and charities!

The recipients of this year’s money are: $2,500 to the Rugby American Legion Post 23; $2,500 to the Prairie Village Museum; $1,000 to the Pierce County Fair; $1,000 to the Rugby Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary; $1,000 for two $500 Rugby High School Scholarships; $1,000 for two $500 TGU High School Scholarships; $750 to Hospice; $750 to the Rugby Music Boosters; $500 to the Rugby Lions for Project Joy; $500 to the Heart of America Library; $500 to the Lyric Theatre; $500 to the Pierce County Food Pantry; $500 to the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan; $500 to the North Dakota Veteran’s Home in Lisbon; $500 to the Rugby Amateur Hockey Association; $250 to The Growing Place Daycare; $250 to the Rugby Community Endowment Fund; $250 to the TGU Washington DC trip fund and $250 to the Towner Youth Baseball.

When asked what this memorial ride means to the Kuhnhenn family Ben and Mandy responded, “It is just so nice to see that so many people still come and want to remember him and to celebrate his life. The amount of participation and support is absolutely amazing! Each year we have done the same route and always stop by his cross on Hwy 14 to do a little extra remembering and celebrating.

” Mandy and Ben continued, “So many share stories and it makes it like he is here with us. There are so many that participate that never knew him, but we love that they still come and hopefully hear a few funny and special stories to help them understand why he was such a great guy and would love to know how much he was loved and how even after he has passed is making a great impact on the community and surrounding areas.”

“Other than the special moments of honoring Darylit makes our hearts happy to support the businesses in all of the towns we visit, along with a few towns having food and 50/50 Fundraisers, and then to top it all off being able to give away $15,000 to our community, surrounding community, and charitiesthere are no words for how amazing it feels! We just want to again thank all those who make this a successthe committee, the volunteers, the participants, the sponsors, they are all amazing! And we are looking forward to another great year and want to remind everyone to Save the Date for September 10, 2016!”

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