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Ride Against Child Abuse Revs Up In Bridgeport

Ride Against Child Abuse begins Sunday in Bridgeport.
Ride Against Child Abuse begins Sunday in Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The annual Ridge Against Child Abuse, presented by The Center for Family Justice in partnership with The CT United Ride, takes off at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the center’s main headquarters in Bridgeport.

For the fifth consecutive year, hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout Fairfield County and beyond will ride in support of the effort to end child abuse.

A 50-mile loop will begin in Bridgeport, then proceed to stops at the Redding Fire House, Monroe and Trumbull town halls and conclude at The German Club, 416 Horace St., Bridgeport. At each stop, participating riders will receive a playing card. At the end of the route, the riders with the best hands will be awarded prizes.

“The ride is a perfect way for the motorcycle community to come out and show their support for The Center for Family Justice, which supports victims of child abuse on a daily basis,” said Fred Garrity Jr., Ride Against Child Abuse's chairman. “Every weekend, the motorcycle community shows how generous they are and this is a terrific example of their support for an issue of vital importance.”

Garrity, who also is chairman of the Trumbull Planning & Zoning Commission, will join the ride on his ’97 Harley Davidson Fat Boy. He notes participants will be eligible to receive wristbands for the 16th annual Connecticut United Ride, a popular 9/11 tribute and fundraising ride.

“By shining the spotlight on the critical work we do with victims of child abuse, Fred and the motorcycle community are also helping us raise public awareness about this extremely serious and pervasive issue which impacts the most vulnerable members of our communities,” said Debra Greenwood, president/CEO of The Center for Family Justice.

Lunch, which will be served at the ride’s conclusion at The German Club, has been underwritten by The Original Vazzy’s and The Windmill. The cost of the ride is $25 per rider, $15 per passenger and includes lunch. Non-riders who would like to participate in lunch only can do so for $15.

The Center for Family Justice is at 753 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. It serves Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull in Fairfield County.

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