TOWNSEND — Event coordinator Aaron Williams can’t contain his excitement over the 3rd Annual Give Back motorcycle ride, scheduled for Sunday, May 20.
“This year is hoping to be even better,” Williams said. “We will have T-shirts printed with the ride’s official logo, business sponsorship packages and a newly designed website, www.givebackride.com.”
Each year, the ride gives back to organizations and groups that donate time and resources to aid others in the community and/or fund community projects.
This year’s recipient is the Townsend Recreational Activity Council (TRAC), a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization whose goal is to raise awareness and funding for recreational activities in Townsend and surrounding communities.
Some of its short-term projects include raising funds to improve local tennis courts and provide activities like camps. Its long-term goal is to contribute a building to serve as a site for various events for all ages.
The motorcycle ride began as a thank you to the Mommies Mobil Meals, an all-volunteer group who provide meals to those in need or to busy moms for a night off from cooking. Area businesses and Mommies Mobil Meals donated baked goods and coffee for the morning registration. The ride ended at Bailey’s Bar & Grille and folks were offered a “biker special” plate. The event received overwhelming support and the money went to MMM to continue their efforts.
In the ride’s second year, the recipient was Townsend Ecumenical Outreach (TEO), which provides emergency and temporary assistance to residents in need. The ride went from 50 motorcycles to 80 and many area merchants donated raffle items, along with baked goods and coffee. Bailey’s Bar & Grille was the final destination spot again and offered another “biker special” plate. There was live music after the ride, along with face painting.
This year, the first 100 riders to register receive a shop rag with a logo commemorating the event. A $25 registration fee will include a TG-shirt with the ride’s official log. There will be a 50/50 raffle to be drawn after the ride, along with other raffle items, including a 100-gallon gift certificate from Lorden Oil. Coffee and pastries will also be available to riders at the morning registration.
The motorcycle route starts at Harbor Auto Body in Townsend at 10 a.m. and head toward Keene, N.H., via Rindge and Swanzey. The riders then will the head back to Townsend via Peterborough and New Ipswich, N.H., ending at Bailey’s Bar & Grille in Townsend. The ride will be take about 2 1/2 hours, with a quick stop half way through.
After the ride Bailey’s Bar & Grille will be offering a Jack Daniels braised beef dinner and drink special for $12, with a portion of each meal sold being donated back to the ride . There will also be live music by White Collar Criminals.
For more information, go to www.givebackride.com.