RIDING FOR A CAUSE: Motorcycle ride will benefit Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes

This weekend, motorcyclists will be riding for a cause in Seneca County.

The Upstate Baggers 2nd Annual Ride Against Abuse will begin Saturday at 10 am at the SMS, located at 95 Ovid Street.

The ride will leave around 11:45 am and go around Seneca County with four planned stops along the way. At each location there will be raffles, and following the ride’s conclusion – more raffles, a 50/50 drawing, food, and music will ensue.

While the proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes, it intends to be a day for the entire family, according to event organizer Mason Hawker. The Seneca Falls resident said that planning the ride comes down to a desire to support local.

“You don’t see money directly impacting lives or a community the way you do with the Advocacy Center,” Hawker said on Monday. “It’s been a long process, but a rewarding one. I started planning and reaching out to people and organizations back in January.”

While last year’s event was thrown together in significantly less time, Hawker hopes that it makes the second edition of the ride that much better. “There was more time, attention, and energy put into this ride – so I’m hopeful that it will have an impact.”

The day will be open to the public, and Hawker says that they’re encouraging people to bring classic cars, as well. “It’s a family-friendly event,” he continued. “I’m hopeful that we’ll see a groundswell of public support again this year.”

The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes works with a multidisciplinary team of professionals who collaborate to provide children and their non-offending family members with the comprehensive and coordinated services and support they need.

The Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes opened its doors in 2008, received accreditation in 2012, and expanded to Seneca County in 2017 when a satellite office was opened on Main Street in Waterloo. Headquartered in Canandaigua, the Center services a large portion of the Finger Lakes – providing a service that is invaluable to the community.

Cost for the ride will be $20 for a single rider, and $30 for those with a passenger. All proceeds will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes.

For more information visit the Upstate Baggers Facebook Page, or follow them Instagram for continued updates.

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