Fulton, NY Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County received some much needed support recently for its upcoming 6th Annual Ã¢â‚¬Å“Blue Ribbon RideÃ¢â‚¬Â Against Child Abuse. Part of the CACÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Blue Ribbon Campaign that focuses on awareness and prevention of child abuse in Oswego County, the Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlue Ribbon RideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is a 80 mile motorcycle ride that will wind throughout Oswego County.
Scheduled for Saturday, August 22nd, the ride will start and end at Sweet Inspirations Drive-In on Route 3 in Fulton. According to committee members the CACÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlue Ribbon RideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ is the only charity ride that tours Oswego County exclusively, and raises funds for an agency that serves so many children in the county.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have planned a fun-filled day bikers wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to miss,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Executive Director of the CAC, Olivia VanSanford. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Following a scenic ride through Oswego County, participants will enjoy a chicken barbecue at Sweet Inspirations Drive-In, Route 3 in Fulton. There will also be plenty of raffles and live entertainment with Paul Taylor performing at 2:00 p.m.Ã¢â‚¬Â
As an added incentive for bikers, the CAC will be awarding the individual who collects the most sponsorships with two tickets to the Kenny Chesney concert on August 28th at the New York State Fair.
CAC has partnered with many local businesses to get the word out about child abuse and to help raise greatly needed funds to help them continue their efforts to address and prevent child abuse in Oswego County. The CAC is 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. In 2008 the CAC served more than 230 children as sexual abuse cases in Oswego County rose by more than 70%.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We are very appreciative of the support we receive from the Oswego County Sheriffs Department,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Olivia VanSanford, Director of the CAC. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In addition to their monetary support several members take part in the ride while others serve as escorts for our bikers during the ride.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Drivers and riders will 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 $100 or more in donations will ride and dine for free and receive a collectable pin. Day of registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the ride beginning at 12 Noon. Raffles will again be a fun part of the day with a chicken barbeque at Sweet Inspirations Drive-In following the ride. Chicken dinners will also be available to the public at only $8 each, while they last beginning at noon. Call the CAC to pre-order dinners. All proceeds from the event will benefit the CACÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Blue Ribbon Campaign. This is a rain or shine event.
For more information on the Ã¢â‚¬ËœBlue Ribbon RideÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Against Child Abuse, or to find out how you can help sponsor the event, contact the CAC at 592-4453.