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Annual Ride for Father Fred takes off

More than 150 riders came out Sunday to 'Ride for Father Fred.'

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- More than 150 riders came out Sunday to 'Ride for Father Fred.'

The Harley Owners Group joins forces with the Father Fred Foundation each year to raise money.

The group's youngest member, Nathan, came out to support the cause too.

"He was 10-months when he joined our chapter," said Nathan's grandfather, Thomas Miller.

Sunday was Nathan's first time riding but since he can't reach the handle bars just yet, he rides with grandpa for now.

The pair, along with all the other bikers, made their way up the Old Mission Peninsula.

"These are an amazing group of people, who year after year go out of their way to do something wonderful for their community," said Executive Director with the Father Fred Foundation, Deb Haase.

This year's chair of the Ride for Father Fred said she loves being part of such an inspiring event.

"We've been chapter members for about 5-6 years now and just wanted to step up and do our part and continue the ride and support Father Fred," said Julie KinCannon.

Especially because of the local impact Father Fred has on the community.

"The community has always been very supportive, the riders, the people in the community, everybody supports Father Fred so it's just a great thing to do," Chapter Director Mike Linse said.

"Father Fred foundation accepts no state or federal funds, we are locally founded, locally funded and locally focused and so it's because of our community that we are able to provide all of the services we do provide," said Haase.

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