BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Retreat will host the 7th Annual Ride for Heroes event starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. The motorcycle ride starts at the Brattleboro Retreat and ends with a barbecue lunch on the beautiful Retreat campus.
This is the seventh annual Ride for Heroes aimed at supporting the Retreat's Uniformed Service Program, which offers specialized trauma and addiction treatment for people who are, or have been, active military, police officers, fire fighters, veterans, EMS and corrections personnel. According to the USP data, professionals in uniform are more likely to have witnessed or experienced life-threatening events and human tragedy that can lead to serious stress disorders and other duty-related problems with alcohol and drug addiction, anxiety and depression.
"Over the years the Retreat's Uniformed Service Program has helped many people receive the care they need and deserve," said Dr. Louis Josephson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. "The riders who participate in this annual event help ensure the continuation of our work serving men and women who do so much to keep us safe and who too often ask for so little in return when the stresses of duty become too much."
This is the third year the Ride for Heroes organizers are encouraging participants to raise additional funds for the Uniformed Service Program as "Ride Champions." Ride Champions raise $100 or more from family and friends to support the cause. In return, Ride Champions receive complimentary registration, prizes and giveaways, and the satisfaction of giving back to those who serve in uniform. For those interested in fundraising as a Ride Champion, more information can be found at www.brattlebororetreat.org/rideforheroes. To date, Ride Champions have helped raise more than $10,000 for the event.
The escorted ride will commence at 10 a.m. and will take bikers on a route through southern Vermont's scenic hills and valleys, by rivers and historic villages. After leaving the Brattleboro Retreat on Route 30, this year's ride will take participants through the towns of Williamsville, West Dover, Wardsboro, Townshend, and Newfane. Law enforcement advises motorists to be prepared for brief traffic delays as the ride passes through these towns.
Standard registration is $25 per person and includes both the ride and barbeque lunch. The first 200 riders to register will receive a free T-shirt. The afternoon will include music and vendors as well as raffles and prizes with many items donated by local businesses. This is an alcohol and smoke free event, and will be held rain or shine. While participants must be 18 years of age or older to ride, all adult riders and types of motorcycles are welcome.
Major sponsors for this event include Platinum Sponsors Communicators Group, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, The Richards Group, and Sodexo, as well as Gold Sponsors Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #1499, Brattleboro Pharmacy, Chroma Technology, Dr. Drew Pate and Dr. Tess Carpenter, G. S. Precision, GPI Construction, Monadnock Harley-Davidson, and WKVT.