Shirley Fire Dept. Hose Co. #1 is hosting its 10th annual Motorcycle ride on Saturday, Aug. 17. Each year the fundraiser targets a beneficiary for the proceeds. This year, it’s “Onbehalf.org, a Veteran’s organization founded in 2006. (Courtesy photograph / Nashoba Valley Voice)
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SHIRLEY By all accounts, the annual motorcycle ride, hosted by Hose Co. #1 is a fun fundraiser and it’s for a good cause. This year – marking a decade for the event — is no exception.

With all the town’s firefighters on its roster, the Hose Company is now an official “501C3” non-profit organization so that charitable donations are tax deductible, said Firefighter Jared Wayne. Good to know, but the bike ride is a money maker they can count on, averaging 60 to 70 riders each year.

With the event set for Saturday, August 17, riders were already raring to go this week, with 30 signed up so far.

Coupled with intake from other fundraisers throughout the year, proceeds from the ride are used to benefit the community, for the most part through grants to the schools and the Shirley Friendship Fund.

The registration fee for a single rider this year is $25, same as last year; $30 for double riders. The cost for non-riders who want to participate only in the after-ride cookout, the fee is $10.

The cookout will be held at the American Legion hall at the War Memorial Building on Chapel Street, starting after 2 p.m., about when the ride wraps up. The selectmen, as they do every year, approved a one-day liquor license for the cookout, so adult beverages will be available, along with other fare.

Heading out from the Shirley fire station on Leominster Road, the 75-mile ride route loops through several area communities, into New Hampshire and back, ending at the Legion on Chapel Street.

Registration at the station on event day begins at 9:30 am. The ride starts at 11.

For more information, to register or to donate, the contact is Hose Co. President Donald Denning.

Like most Shirley firefighter’s, Denning is a part-timer, Wayne said, so he’s not always on site, but callers can reach him via the Fire Dept’s non-emergency, business number: 978-425-4333.