On October 27, Jack’s Regional Director Taylor Kitchens will get on his bike in the small town of Cuba, on the MS / AL line. From there, he’ll head directly across the state to cross the AL / GA line in Phenix City. The trip is in support of the Jack’s Family Fund, the nonprofit arm of Jack’s Restaurants that exists to support the communities Jack’s calls home.
Taylor Kitchens has a history of using his bike to give back. In 2012, he participated in “Bo Bikes Bama,” raising $25,000 to support Alabama communities ravaged by the previous year’s tornadoes. In 2016, it was Camp Smile-a-Mile’s “Ride of Love,” where Kitchens generated nearly $20,000 for childhood cancer patients.
Kitchens sees his efforts as part of Jack’s larger corporate obligation to do good: “The Jack’s Family Fund is a great charity that helps individuals, families, and communities in their time of need. This year we have already given out over $50,000 in grants to people in need, and this month we will support Alabama foster children with a grant of $217,818 to Kids to Love.”
From Bham Now, Kitchens will ride across Alabama for 225 miles—a total of 13-14 hours! An official timekeeper will keep track of the time, and he is also striving to set the state record for his age group (50-59) for a cross-state ride. The ride has a fundraising goal of $25,000. And to promote the Jack’s Family Fund, Kitchens will be wearing customized jerseys with the Jack’s Family Fund logo. He will also switch between two bikes during his journey:
- A black Guerciotti made for flatter roads; and
- A red specialized Tarmac designed for hilly, more strenuous roads.
Jack’s will also be broadcasting the ride live on Facebook and other social media outlets. If you want to learn more about the Tour de Jack’s and to donate, go to: https://www.jacksfamilyfund.org/tourdejacks/