Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY), a local not-for-profit foster care and adoption agency, is organizing a Fort Wayne Motorcycle Charity Ride. Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to participate in this ride August 15, 2009 to benefit foster children.

The route is approximately 100 miles with one planned stop. Registration begins at 9:00am, the first bikes will leave Georgetown Theatres in Fort Wayne at 10:00 a.m. (local time) and the last bike returns to Georgetown Theatres by 2:00 p.m. This is not a “timed” event, but a pleasure ride.

The event is open to all bikers and riders.  The cost is $20 for the rider and $15 for the passenger.  The first 50 participants who pre-register will receive a discount! Throughout the day-long event, there will be drawings, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food and entertainment. Registration is easy. Participants can show up the day of the event or sign-up on-line at

“The event is about bringing people together to support foster children in our community,” says Dru Whitaker, Chief Executive Officer, SAFY. “It’s about furthering SAFY’s mission of making ensuring foster children have safe and loving homes.”

All the proceeds from event will go directly to foster children living in the Fort Wayne area. “Most of the time our foster children come to us from homes where they’ve been abused or neglected. The proceeds will help our kids be kids. It will help pay for extra-curricular activities, summer camp, prom activities, even school pictures,” says Whitaker. “Simply, the funds will pay for those things many of us take for granted.”

SAFY of Northeast Indiana serves approximately 150 children and families annually. SAFY is one of the nation’s leading foster care organizations, with a long history of finding loving, stable homes for traditionally difficult to place children.

For more information on the Charity Ride visit or contact Stacey Richez, Coordinator, at 574-261-6890.

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