‘Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse’ ready to roll

Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County, Karrie Damm, has announced that plans are underway for the agency’s 10th annual Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse.

Scheduled for Sept. 7, rain or shine, the event is a family friendly, full-day affair with something for everyone.

One of Central New York’s premier motorcycle rides, the event begins at 3 p.m. and will leave from Wheel-A-Way Motorsports, 947 S. First St. (Route 57) in Fulton.

“I’m pleased that we are once again hosting the kickoff of the Blue Ribbon Ride,” said Mark Eagan of Wheel-A-Way Motorsports.  “We have been fortunate to be involved since the beginning and feel it’s a wonderful way to give back to the community.”

The ride will wind throughout Oswego County with a stop at River House Restaurant in Pulaski, where bikers can relax and tour the Child Advocacy Council’s satellite office across the street before continuing on and ending at Lighthouse Lanes on Shampine Drive in Oswego across from the Oswego Speedway.

“That’s when fun really starts!” Damm said.  Lighthouse Lanes will host a chicken barbecue beginning at 5 p.m.  There will be live music with local favorites F5, drawings for themed baskets, door prizes, a 50 -50 drawing and more.

To celebrate the event’s 10th anniversary, the agency has added something new, the first ever family bowling event.

“We are going to keep the fun rolling with a family friendly bowling event!” Damm said. “The Blue Ribbon Bowling Event offers teams of four the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of bowling while helping to support our efforts to combat child abuse in Oswego County.”

Money raised will benefit the council as it continues its mission to assist in the investigation, prosecution and treatment of child survivors of sexual and physical abuse.

“We provide advocacy and mental health services to approximately 100 children each week,” Damm said. “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,” Damm continued. “Sponsorship levels are available at a number of affordable levels.”

In 2012, the council served more than 320 children and families in the county.

“The national exposure that child abuse is receiving is helping to bring this problem to the forefront,” Damm said. “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.”

Drivers wishing to register for the Blue Ribbon Ride Against Child Abuse should contact the council at 592-4453; visit oswegocac.org; or check out the council’s page on Facebook.

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

Tickets for community members wishing to attend the barbecue or the afternoon event at Lighthouse Lanes are available at the council office, 301 Beech St.in Fulton and Lighthouse Lanes.

Registration on the day of the event will begin at 2 p.m.

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