Brattleboro Retreat Hosts 10th Annual “Ride for Heroes” Saturday August 17—Motorcycle Event to Benefit Uniformed Service Program
The Brattleboro Retreat will host the 10th Annual Ride for Heroes event at 10:00 am on Saturday, Aug. 17th with registration beginning at 9:00 am. The motorcycle ride starts and ends on the Retreat campus with a post-ride barbeque lunch. This is the 10th annual Ride for Heroes in support of the Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program (USP), which offers specialized trauma and addiction treatment for people who are, or have been, active military, law enforcement, fire fighters, veterans, EMS, and corrections personnel.
“The need for services that target men and women in uniform has never been greater,” said Dr. Louis Josephson, president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. “While the stresses of duty in today’s world can easily become overwhelming, proper treatment definitely helps individuals reclaim their lives. The Ride for Heroes raises needed funds to keep these services operating.”
The event has raised $247,998 over the past nine years from 1,744 motorcycle riders and sponsors. For the past five years, organizers have encouraged participants to raise additional funds for the program as “USP Champions.” USP Champions raise $100 or more to support the cause. In return, they receive complimentary registration, prizes, giveaways, and the satisfaction of giving back to those who serve. USP Champions have raised $93,312. Anyone interested in fundraising as a USP Champion can go to www.brattlebororetreat.org/ride-heroes for more information.
Bikers will be escorted through the scenic towns of Wilmington, Dover, Wardsboro, Townshend, Newfane, and Dummerston. Motorists are advised by law enforcement to be prepared for brief traffic delays as motorcycles pass through these towns, as well as on Putney Road in Brattleboro around noon. Residents on the Ride route are encouraged to come out and cheer on the bikers as they proceed along Routes 9 West, 100 North, and 30 South.
Standard registration is $25 per person and includes both the ride and barbeque lunch. The first 200 riders to register 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.
As part of the Ride’s 10th Anniversary celebration, participants will be offered tours of the USP’s new program space, a raptor demonstration, fly fishing cast lessons, and special 10th Anniversary prizes.
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.
This year’s Platinum event sponsors include The Richards Group, Sodexo and Peak Radio. Gold sponsors include American Infidels Veterans Motorcycle Club, Brattleboro Pharmacy, Dave Manning, Inc., Dr. Drew Pate and Dr. Tess Carpenter, G. S. Precision, Healthplans, Inc., Ken Becker, Lifecycle Renewables, Monadnock Harley-Davidson, Stop and Go Instant Oil Change, Symquest, and Wayside Fences.
The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.