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Bikers Gearing Up for 9th Annual ‘Blue Ribbon Ride’ Against Child Abuse

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
Fulton, NY – Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Karrie Damm has announced that plans are under way for the agency’s 9th Annual ‘Blue Ribbon Ride’ Against Child Abuse.

Scheduled for September 8, rain or shine, the CAC’s “Blue Ribbon Ride” Against Child Abuse is a 70-mile motorcycle ride that will wind throughout Oswego County.

Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center’s annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse check out some new motorcycles as they meet with Mark Eagan of event sponsor, Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. From left are: Melanie Proper of the CAC; CAC board member, Karen Perwitz, of Operation Oswego County; Sara Buske of DSS; Executive Director of the CAC, Karrie Damm; Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports; Stacy Austin-Root of the CAC, Bonnie Farmer of DSS, and Ryan Webb of the CAC.
Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center’s annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse check out some new motorcycles as they meet with Mark Eagan of event sponsor, Wheel-A-Way Motorsports. From left are: Melanie Proper of the CAC; CAC board member, Karen Perwitz, of Operation Oswego County; Sara Buske of DSS; Executive Director of the CAC, Karrie Damm; Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports; Stacy Austin-Root of the CAC, Bonnie Farmer of DSS, and Ryan Webb of the CAC.

Members from the CAC, local bike clubs, community volunteers and concerned business owners have come together to plan this year’s ride and ensure that motorcycle enthusiasts have an enjoyable day as they help support the efforts of the CAC to raise child abuse awareness and prevention.

“We are working on putting together a fun-filled day bikers won’t want to miss,” said Damm.  “Following a scenic ride through Oswego County with a stop at the River House Restaurant in Pulaski, which is across the street from the CAC’s satellite site, 4822 Salina Street.  Participants will enjoy a Limp Lizard Bar-B-Que lunch at Wheel-A-Way Motorsports on Route. 57 in Fulton. There will also be plenty of drawings, door prizes, and live entertainment.”

Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports is happy to be hosting this year’s Blue Ribbon Ride.

“We have helped sponsor the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Ride since its inception.  We wanted to give back to our community and this is a good way to do so. We are involved in other rides such as Bikers for Babies, the Miracle Ride, and the Vietnam Memorial Ride and are happy to be a part of this local ride. Karrie and her staff do a great job. The CAC provides much needed service to our community and we feel good about being able to support their efforts, ” he said.

Eagan added that with Wheel-A-Way’s new location there is plenty of space to host the after-ride family picnic.

“It makes it easier for the CAC and the riders as the ride will begin here and end here,” he said.

Located at 947 S. First St. (Route. 57) in Fulton, Wheel-A-Way Motorsports offers snowmobiles, ATVs, motorcycles, and scooters from Yamaha, Suzuki and Klymco, as well as California Side Cars, Kristi Trailers, and Alcom Aluminum Trailers.

The CAC’s Blue Ribbon Ride begins at 10 a.m. on September 9 and will depart from the Wheel-A-Way location.

Money raised during the event will be used to benefit the CAC as they continue their mission to assist in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child victims of sexual and physical abuse in Oswego County.

“We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 70 children each week.  With the demand for our services increasing, we are looking to make this our most successful ‘Blue Ribbon Ride’ Against Child Abuse ever.  One of the best things about this ride is the outpouring of support for the children.  There is nothing more powerful than hearing 100 motorcycles start up and seeing them take off together, with riders from law enforcement agencies, local businesses, and our friends, family, and neighbors from all walks of life, all with the common goal of bringing justice and healing to children.  We are also offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to be a part of the event by becoming an official sponsor. Sponsorship levels are available at a number of affordable levels,” added Damm.

The CAC is a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse. In 2011 the CAC served more than 380 children and families in Oswego County. In response to those numbers, the CAC opened a satellite office in Pulaski earlier this year.

“The national exposure that child abuse is receiving is helping to bring this problem to the forefront. Now, more than ever, it is important that we come together as a community to combat child abuse right here in Oswego County. I encourage community members to listen to our youth and be aware of the symptoms of child abuse,” Dammsaid.

“We are grateful to the volunteers on our planning committee for their dedication to the children in this county and the many businesses who have already signed on as official sponsors of our event, such as Oswego County ABATE, Alliance Bank, NA, Fulton Savings Bank, Pathfinder Bank, Fulton Management Services, Cheryl Martin-Schroeder, NP, and Allison Nelson Law Firm. Many free services are provided to the victims that come to the CAC and without the support of the community we would not be able to help these children,” added Damm.

Drivers and riders will also be able to register the day of the event.

A $30 donation per driver and a $20 donation per passenger are requested.

Riders who obtain $150 or more in donations will ride and dine for free.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Campaign.

Day of registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the ride beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information on the ‘Blue Ribbon Ride’ Against Child Abuse, or to find out how you can help sponsor the event, contact the CAC at 315-592-4453, visit www.oswegocac.org, or check out their Facebook page.