BEAN STATION — On Saturday, July 27, Kingswood Home for Children will host its fourth annual motorcycle benefit ride.

“Kickstands Up for Kids” is a fundraiser to support the non-profit, private children’s home in Bean Station.

The police-escorted ride will begin at Smokies Stadium in Kodak, and end in Bean Station on the beautiful campus of Kingswood Home for Children, on US 11 W, at the base of Clinch Mountain.

Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m., and kickstands go up at 11 a.m.

The cost is $10 per rider and t-shirts will be sold for $15

Organizers are hoping for 1,000 bikers.

Food vendors and a short program will be available at the end of the ride. This year’s food vendors will include Tennessee Hot Dog and Sausage Company and Smoky Mountain Snow.

“Kingswood Home for Children brings healing to hurting children and families in His name,” said Executive Director Gene Whaley. “Beginning in 1943, Kingswood served as an orphanage, school, and place of healing for children in the East Tennessee area. Serving children that have been abandoned, abused, neglected, or displaced, Kingswood continues to be a place of healing today. As a residential home for children, the kids at Kingswood live in cottages where the whole child is ministered to including spiritually, emotionally, mental health, physically, and educationally. Kingswood receives no State or Federal funding and is 100% privately funded through individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, and the United Way. Please pray about how you might join us in ministry. For more information, please visit our website at or call us at 865-767-2121.”

Readers may also email Whaley at