Inaugural Mayor’s Motorcycle Ride Successful with 175 Riders
The first ever Columbus Mayor’s Motorcycle Ride, took place on Saturday, August 25th and was a fundraiser to benefit the Columbus Firefighters’ Cheer Fund, an organization which provides toys for local children during the Christmas season. There were 120 bikes registered, with over 175 riders taking part in the ride. The ride was sanctioned and the route planned by American Bikers Aimed Toward Education (ABATE), a local chapter of a national organization focused on motorcycle awareness and safety.
Mayor Kristen Brown, who rides a Ducati Monster 750, led the ride which began at Columbus City Hall. The route wound through downtown Columbus, and headed south through surrounding counties, with stops along the way in Story and Brownstown.
After the ride, Columbus Firefighters and Columbus Police Officers hosted a block party with food, music and special activities for children at City Hall. Both the Columbus Fire and Police Departments had department vehicles, staff, bike patrols and canine units on site, and Columbus Animal Care had several dogs available for adoption.
Mayor Kristen Brown expressed her appreciation for the event. “It was a wonderful day and I was amazed at the great turnout. We were able to raise over $3000 for the Columbus Firefighter’s Cheer Fund, as well as highlight the importance of motorcycle safety. I want to personally thank everyone with the Columbus Fire Department, Columbus Police Department and ABATE members for all their hard work. The Columbus Fire Cheer Fund is a wonderful cause and I’m so pleased we had such a successful day. I can’t wait until next year’s ride.”
Proceeds will benefit the Columbus Firemen’s Cheer Fund, part of the Christmas Assistance program overseen by First Call for Help. Money raised for the Cheer Fund is used to purchase Christmas gifts for children in the Columbus community; last year the organization was able to provide gifts to 1265 children and gift baskets to 180 elderly.
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