Frito-Lay RISE funds scholarships

Posted on Monday, October 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Native American scholarships

Frito-Lay RISE Native American Network donates $5,000 to the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association for Native American Scholarships. Pictured here are (front, from left) Bill Cason, TOTRA Ride leader, originator and board member; Kathy Gilland, site RISE leader; Sammy Myers, TOTRA board member; (second row, from left) RISE members, Debbie Pruitt, Wanda Beddingfield, Elaine McGarry, Mike Pitcock, Steve Farmer (third row) Dan Hanson, Donna Bailey, Penny Wright, Henrietta Towry and William Clevenger.

Frito-Lay RISE Native American Network recently donated $5,000 to the Trail of Tears Remembrance Association for Native American scholarships.

The TOTRA is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to Native American students. This organization also originated the Trail of Tears Remembrance Motorcycle Ride, now in its 19th year.

The group still rides annually in September along the historic Trail of Tears with thousands of bikers participating from the U.S. and abroad.

The portion of the trail known as the Bells Route came through Fayetteville.

The RISE team held several fundraiser events, both at their site and at community events over the summer, to raise the funds.

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