Support A Local Charity Ride

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

Now that the warm weather has (finally!) arrived throughout the country, there are numerous charity rides happening in every state. Thankfully, motorcyclists are great supporters of these rides, which are an excellent way to spend a Sunday riding while also helping out a person, family, or organization in need.

Last year, I attended one based at Empire Harley-Davidson in New Rochelle, NY to benefit the family of a good friend of mine who passed away due to cancer. This time around, the good folks at Empire are hosting a ride for Taylor Madison Mangiere, a 3-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis. As you would expect, besides the emotional strain this has put on her family, there is also a huge financial burden. A local group is running a police- escorted benefit ride for Taylor and her family on June 1. The ride will start at Empire Harley-Davidson and conclude at the Off The Grid Bar and Grill in Harrison, New York, with a block party (barbecue, soda, water). Empire opens at 10 am and registration for the ride will start at 10:30. It’s kickstands up at 11 sharp. And to entice you a bit more to do the ride, I’ll pick a bike that participates in Taylor’s benefit ride for a one-page My Sweet Hog feature in an upcoming issue of American Iron Magazine. For up to date info, check out ShieldAndCross.com.

If you were around the lower Westchester area in the 1970s and ‘80s like I was, you may remember a popular local group called Rat Race Choir. Well, they’ll be playing at the block party, so if you want to flash to the past with the rest of us, be sure to show up. Tie-dyed shirts and such are optional.

Another excellent benefit in the New York area is Aidan’s Ride, which is also happening on June 1. This annual ride benefits the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, which was established to help families with children who have ALD, a deadly disease that attacks very young children, and to push for newborn screening which would help save lives. The ride starts at Indian Larry Motorcycles in Brooklyn. Line up starts at 9 am and it’s kickstands up at 11.

The planned route takes you on a scenic tour on four parkways with views of the Brooklyn Bridge, NYC skyline, Jones Beach, and Robert Moses Beach. The ride ends at The Emporium in Patchogue, NY, with an after party with a buffet and live music. For up to date info go to AidenHasAPosse.org and then click on the Aidan’s Ride NY banner when it appears.

See you on the road.

Chris

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This article originally appeared in issue #311 of American Iron Magazine.

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