Bikers hit the road to benefit Father Fred Foundation

Nearly 400 bikers participated in the 22nd annual Ride for Father Fred.

Bikers from all over the nation gathered in northern Michigan this weekend for the annual Ride for Father Fred.

The Northern Chapter of the Harley Owners Group has been sponsoring the event for 22 years, and they've raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars for the Father Fred Foundation since it began.

Nearly 400 riders made their way from Classic Motor Sports in Traverse City to the tip of the Old Mission Peninsula. The riders were escorted by Traverse City Police and Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Deputies to make the ride as safe as possible.

â??The entire biker community is pouring out this weekend to show their support of what Father Fred has done for all of us in the area,â?? said Northern Chapter H.O.G Director Trent Tomlinson.

Bikers paid 25 dollars to participate in the event, and the success of the ride has grown each year.

â??Every year all of the proceeds come to the Father Fred Foundation,â?? said Father Fred Foundation Executive Director Rosemary Hagan. â??How generous is that that we got hundreds of riders today with open and generous hearts to help out my families in need.â??

People of all ages took part in the nearly 50 mile ride to show their support of the organization.

â??I enjoy it, it's fun and it's something Iâ??ve always wanted to do,â?? said 88-year-old rider Greta Steele.

Organizers said Father Fred himself was a biker, and the event started as a very casual ride of his friends that wanted to help his charity.

â??Despite the rough exterior, bikers tend to be very from the heart people and they're very supportive of community,â?? said Tomlinson. â??In this case keeping it local, which is very important in getting together and having a good time bikers like to ride.â??