Spindletop Spin 2007 tops last year's event

By Marilyn Tennissen | Jun 14, 2007

After riding 10 to 75 miles, participants in the Spindletop Spin indulged in a pasta lunch at Antone's on Crockett Street.

With almost double the number of riders from last year, the second annual Spindletop Spin was a rousing success.

Held on June 9, the cycling tour will benefit the Jefferson County Pro Bono Program.

Jefferson County Bar Association Director Bonnie Dean said there were 282 registered riders who made the 10, 45 and 72 mile trek. The first event had 167 riders. Dean said final numbers are still being tallied, but the tour raised at least $23,000.

The Pro Bono Program provides free legal services to local residents that would otherwise be unable to afford counsel. More than 230 attorneys volunteer their time to the program that helps around 400 indigent people in Jefferson County per year.

Spindletop Spin is the main fundraising event for the program. It helps cover court costs, filing fees and other expenses.

Riders began and ended on Crockett Street, and were treated to lunch at Antone's as well as family activities.

The Spindletop Spin is also in memory of former family court judge Tom Mulvaney, who died in 2005. Mulvaney served as the judge for the 259th District Court in Jefferson County from 1999 to 2005, and served on the board of the pro bono program for many years.

One of Mulvaney's greatest joys was serving as the presiding judge for the National Adoption Day ceremonies that are held annually.

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