Richard Propes will be taking a wheelchair ride across the state as part of his 20th annual Tenderness Tour. The ride is set to begin on Wednesday in Terre Haute and conclude Oct. 16 with his arrival in Richmond.
All proceeds from this 20th Anniversary Tenderness Tour benefit three organizations; Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, New Community Project and Young Peacemaker's Film Project.
"As always, 100 percent of your donation will go back into the community in an effort to end childhood violence," Propes said.
On Friday, Propes is set to leave Brazil City Hall at 9 a.m. He will leave U.S. 40 and work his way up U.S. 231 to Greencastle. He should arrive at city hall between 3 and 4 p.m. to meet with Mayor Sue Murray, the United Way of Putnam County and Putnam County Family Support Services.
Some other local organizations will also be supporting Propes during his stay in the city.
"I am hosted for the evening by Autumn Glen, with The Walden Inn sponsoring both my evening and morning meals," Propes said. "We will have a rally on the town square around 9 a.m. on Saturday in observance of domestic violence awareness month where we can also meet and greet, accept donations and I will also have copies of 'Give a Girl a Chance,' a benefit CD we put together for this 20th anniversary."
"Give a Girl a Chance" features 19 artist from a number of genres including Jennie DeVoe, Carrie Newcomer, Henry Lee Summer, Krista Detor, Ann McWilliams, Frank Bradford, Luke Austin Daugherty and others. The CD will be available for $10 with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the three organizations mentioned above.
From the Greencastle courthouse square rally, Propes will begin wheeling on his way to Danville, where a meeting with Sheltering Wings is scheduled, along with an hour of music at Beasley's Orchard from 5 to 6 p.m.
Other stops for the 20th annual tour include Avon, Indianapolis, Greenfield, Knightstown, Cambridge City and Richmond.
After the tour itself is over, Propes will be returning to Indianapolis for the Heartland Film Festival Awards on Oct. 17. (Propes is a film critic for his own Web site, www.theindependentcritic.com)
Oct. 18 will feature a closing night celebration at Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Propes will preach followed by an evening of music and celebration.
Volunteers and sponsors (overnight and meal) are still needed for the tour. Visit the www.tendernesstour.com to get all the details. The Web site also has all the details on how to donate and pick up the "Give a Girl a Chance" CD.