• Northern California Ride for Kids Event Deemed A Success

The 23rd Northern California Ride for Kids event took place in Fairfield, California during the weekend of October 4, 2015 as the family gathering welcomed motorcycle riders from all over the state to ride for the benefit of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The event began at Solano Community College with almost 200 hundred participants taking part in a ride along California’s wine country, all with the objective of raising money for the foundation.

As of ride time, the gathering already received $59,342 in donations with more money coming in through the event’s website. Motorcycle clubs and chapter, as well as motorcycle businesses, also took part in raising money for the event. Special mention should go to Buffalo Soldiers for raising $13,855, Doug and Sandy Werner for chipping in $12,000, and Hillside Honda Yamaha Marine for giving away $2,723.

The well-attended gathering also found a way to give back to its participants courtesy of a raffle draw that gave away prizes like a new Honda Rebel, Dunlop tires, a Scorpion helmet, and a Cardo Systems Scala Rider Teamster. In the end, it was Howard Cook who took home the top honors, scoring for himself a new Rebel.

Overall, the organization has raised a total of $2,434,920.12 and is approaching its goal of raising $3,396,250. All that money will be used for a great cause so congratulations to those who attended the event. More importantly, a big thanks goes to those who took time to participate and donate their hard-earned money for the worthy cause.

Continue reading to read more about the Northern California Ride for Kids.

Why it matters

One of my favorite things about being a part of the motorcycle-riding community is the way a lot of my peers can work together for a worthy cause. This has been the case for some time now. The Northern California Ride for Kids, for example, just had its 23rd staging over the weekend. It’s been doing this kind of giving-back to the community and it’s something that I whole-heartedly support.

Really, if you strip away all the thoughts in your head and just think about what you can do to make someone else’s life a little bit better, you’d understand how important it is to be able to give back to our less fortunate brothers and sisters, or in this case, to boys and girls who are going through battles far more severe than any of us can even hope to imagine.

I applaud this year’s organizers of the Northern California Ride of Kids, specifically Tina Esquer Christopher, Vanessa Evans, and Jim and Char Duncan, for taking community service to heart and addressing the needs of those who are in need of help. It doesn’t matter if its attending an event like the Ride for Kids or donating money. The mere thought that you’re showing enough care and sensitivity to their respective plights is all they need to show that you care.

I will continue to support events like this one in the future and for those who have yet to be a part of such a worthy cause, I invite all of you to do the same. Trust me, it’s worth your time and money.

Kirby Garlitos
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Nearly 200 participants gathered for the 23rd Northern California Ride for Kids in Fairfield on Oct. 4.

The family-friendly motorcycle event, which benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, honored Stars Ashley, Avery, Elias, Evan, Jaylen and Vanessa.

Dr. Samuel Ciricillo of the Sutter Neuroscience Institute attended the event to support his patients and other local brain tumor survivors.

“I have really great news since the first time I came to speak at Ride for Kids 20 years ago,” Ciricillo said. “We have made progress to the point that we can predict which kids are going to do great and which kids are going to be challenged. Kudos to Ride for Kids for all of your efforts and ongoing commitment.”

Participants gathered at Solano Community College before taking a scenic route through California’s wine country, passing vineyards, lakes, rivers and farms.

Howard Cooke won the drawing for a new Honda Rebel and a Dunlop tire went to Char Duncan. Mark Gatdula won a Scorpion helmet, and Roger Moraes took home a Cardo Systems Scala Rider TeamSet.

As of Oct. 5, the individuals, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Doug and Sandy Werner ($12,000), Buffalo Soldiers ($13,585) and Hillside Honda Yamaha Marine ($2,723). The top non-motorcycle group was Team Blue ($2,916).

The event had raised $59,342 by ride time, and is still collecting donations online. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Nov. 3.

Thank you to the volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Tina Esquer Christopher, Vanessa Evans and Jim and Char Duncan.

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