BRATTLEBORO -- The 4th Annual Ride for Heroes motorcycle ride held Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Brattleboro Retreat set a new record by drawing more than 220 participants. The event raised more than $11,000 to benefit clients of the Retreat's Uniformed Service Program who lack insurance coverage or have financial hardship.
USP is a specialty program designed by the Retreat to meet the needs of uniformed professionals whose experiences with duty-related trauma have negatively impacted their lives and careers.
National recording artist and American Idol semi-finalist Ayla Brown kicked off the day with a rendition of the National Anthem. Riders then set out on a 60-mile ride through the hills and valleys of picturesque Windham County led by an escort from the Windham County Sheriff's department.
Upon their return to the Retreat campus, riders enjoyed a barbecue lunch and a live music set performed by Ayla Brown. USP staff members Tom Manning and Donny Richard also addressed the crowd and spoke about the needs of uniformed professionals who've experienced trauma in the line of duty.
The Brattleboro Retreat has provided more than $250,000 in
uncompensated care to USP clients since the program began in 2009.