The annual celebration for the former
Concerts held throughout
There have been 110 Ride for Ryan scholarships given to prospective construction and architecture students, which have helped give the push some needed to pursue the dream Consolver had.
"I had no idea what I wanted to focus on, but I knew I wanted it to be design because I was always interested in drawing and sketching," he says. "Seeing as how there was that in the construction field, that's how I found that path. The scholarship just kind of helped jump-start that."
Cortez now lives in
"I had no idea I would be helping on these massive stadiums and hospitals," he says. "This is kind of like my dream job."
In the same class of scholarship recipients as Cortez,
"I did student loans for myself. It basically covered a fourth of my tuition for that year," he says.
The money allowed for Nagle to find jobs in painting and construction, leading him to become the transportation planner for the
"It was kind of great for when I started the city planning type stuff to have the background in architecture and having done work in construction," he says.
To hear these types of stories every year is a joy for Consolver, who is pleased to see her son's life be constantly giving back to others.
"That is so thrilling to be able to help these kids. This year, we gave 19 scholarships," she says. "We're just very blessed that the event can be so successful that we can help so many kids."
The event's success comes in knowing its audience with the motorcycle ride, as well as the concerts.
Bands and performers will pack venues ranging from Ground Round and Hammerjacks to The Rendezvous Bar and The Buffalo Bar in support of Ride for Ryan.
"Every year blows my mind. I would say that this year is no exception," Consolver says.
While the weather appears to be a bit spotty, with rain being called for Saturday, that's no worry to Consolver.
"It seems like every year we have the same type of a forecast, but by the time we take off, it's a beautiful day," she says. "It's like my little boy is pulling tricks on us."
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