Hundreds ride to raise money for local food pantry
For the second straight day bikers got a chance to roll their Harleys and help a local food pantry at the same time.
The two-day event started with a Poker Run, followed by a motorcycle show on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the bikers took to Old Mission Peninsula to wrap up the event.
The Northern Chapter Harley Owners Group, or HOG, met up in Traverse City for the 21st annual Ride for Father Fred. Over the years the group has raised more than $200,000 for the Father Fred Foundation.
Nearly 400 bikers attended and were ready to take to the pavement for the ride that began at Classic Motor Sports and ended at the tip of Old Mission Peninsula.
"Everybody loves to get together and ride their motorcycle, whether it's Harley, Kawasaki, or whatever," said Paul Jarboe of the Northern Chapter Harley Owners Group. "Plus the opportunity to ride in a group it's just amazing and we get to do it for a great cause."
"It's important because it shows the love that the community has in caring for those in need so my hope today is that as people hear the motorcycles roar, they will hear it as the sound of love of people caring for those in need in our community," said Pastor Jim Holwerda, Chaplain of the Father Fred Foundation.
The money raised this weekend will go to the Father Fred Foundation's Back-to-School Shoes Program that assists families in need with their kid's back-to-school footwear needs.