Annual motorcycle ride raises money to help area veterans
BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Saturday marked the 11th annual "Ride for the Red" motorcycle run in Big Flats.
The ride started at 10:30 AM at the Big Flats American Legion. It was $20 per person, which includes the ride and a meal. With all the money going toward the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program by the American Red Cross which helps local veterans. Riders drove to the Arkport Harley Davidson dealership, and then back to the legion were people could participate in raffles and a live auction. For organizers, it's all about raising money and having fun.
"We get people from Canada," said Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group (HOG) director, Paul Simonson. "We had somebody from Florida one year. They're up here obviously traveling. But we've made a lot of nice friends and they keep coming back every year, and it's just cool to see it. It's hard to describe. You need to come and participate to see what I'm talking about."
Around 80 bikes were in this year's ride. Simonson says he believes they'll be able to raise over $10,000 for the program this year. If you'd like to learn more about SAF, you can visit their website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington-dc/about-us/our-work/service-to-the-armed-forces.html