FULTON, NY â€“ Central New York radio and television personality Rick Gary will serve as the lead rider in the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego Countyâ€™s seventh annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.
The event is part of the Child Advocacy Centerâ€™s Go Blue! For Kids Campaign, which focuses on child abuse awareness and prevention.
A member of the NYS Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Gary currently broadcasts on SUNNY 102.1 in Syracuse and has been a part of the Central New York media scene for almost 40 years.
An avid biker, and past honorary co-chair of The Children’s Miracle Ride for benefit of the Golisano Children’s Hospital, Gary is excited to be a part of the CACâ€™s Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.
â€œI am happy to support the efforts of the CAC of Oswego County. Children need to feel safe in this world and have a place they can count on when theyâ€™re not. The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County provides a much needed service. The Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse helps to fulfill some of the funding necessary to keep this child friendly service in operation,â€ he said.
Scheduled for Sept. 11, rain or shine, the ride is a 60-mile motorcycle ride that will wind throughout Oswego County.
According to executive director of the CAC Karrie Damm the ride will be a special event that bikers are sure to enjoy.
â€œOur planning committee has put together an exciting day that not only includes a scenic ride, but also a tasty barbecue following the ride hosted by Sweet Inspirations Drive-In, Route 3 in Fulton. There will also be a variety of raffles as well as some great entertainment,â€ she said.
Money raised during the event will be used to benefit the CAC, a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, therapy providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.
â€œIt is every community’s obligation to help keep all children safe from harm. I hope to see hundreds of bikers and supporters at the CACâ€™s Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse on Sept. 11,â€ added Gary.
For more information or to register, call 592-4453 or visit www.oswegocac.org
Those who register before Aug. 13 will receive a complementary event T-shirt.
Registration is also available the day of the event.
A $30 donation per driver and a $20 donation per passenger are requested.
Riders who obtain $100 or more in donations will ride and dine for free.
Non-bikers who would like to support the CACâ€™s Go Blue! For Kids Campaign are also welcome to be of the event.
Registration for non-riders is $20 per person or $40 per family and includes the barbecue and entertainment at Sweet Inspirations following the ride.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the CACâ€™s Blue Ribbon Campaign.
Day of registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the ride beginning at noon.