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Big Dan Rides Again Memorial Ride and Benefit


August 9, 2017 - For 364 days out of the year, the men and women working in the Crane and Rigging industry along the Texas Gulf Coast get up and go to work. Somedays the companies they represent work together; on most days, they compete fiercely against each other. But on one day each year, they trade the hard hat for a helmet and come together to ride and fellowship for a common cause.

It started as a simple idea back in 2013 - a group of friends getting together to ride in honor of Dan McRay, the founder of McRay Crane & Rigging who died of cancer in 2006. But somewhere between the idea and the actual ride, everything changed. A friend and coworker was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and knowing firsthand the hardship and heartache that this diagnosis brings, this band of friends felt the need to do something. And so, the ride grew into a benefit to help a friend.

A shared joy is a doubled joy. A shared burden is a halved burden.
It was small in the beginning; a McRay Crane & Rigging company event with the help and support of our original underwriters. But it was successful and they raised enough money to financially assist their friend and his family during a very difficult time. More than just financial assistance, it was a way to show they cared; that they hurt with them and for them; it was in some small way their way to help share the burden. It was never intended to be anything more than the initial ride and benefit, but soon they discovered there were others that needed help. So Big Dan Rides Again Memorial Ride and Benefit became an annual event. The crane and rigging industry is a tight-knit community and word spread. Soon the Ride and Benefit was being attended and supported by many people and companies working throughout the Crane and Rigging Industry. In fact, the support has been so strong, this year’s Ride and Benefit is moving to a much larger venue: Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque, TX.

Something for everyone!
Even if you don’t ride a motorcycle or have a hotrod to drive, you can still come and have a good time at the Benefit and help us help others during their time of need. The price of admission includes a delicious lunch provided by Central Texas BBQ and there will also be a live auction, silent auction, live music, a Kid’s Zone, and the chance to win some really cool prizes.

This year, the 5th Annual Big Dan’s Memorial Ride and Benefit is on October 7, 2017 and the ride will begin at San Jacinto Harley-Davidson in Pasadena with kick stands up at 11 a.m. The Benefit begins at 12 noon at Gulf Greyhound Park. To find out more about Big Dan Rides Again Memorial Ride and Benefit or to discover ways you can help, visit or visit the Big Dan Rides Again Facebook page.

This year’s underwriters are:
Maxim Crane Works, LP – Ride Underwriter
Scott Macon Equipment – Lunch Underwriter
Consolidated Crane & Rigging – Beverage Underwriter
TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc. – Auction Underwriter
Davis Motor Crane Service - Kidz Zone
McRay Crane & Rigging - Producer

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