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10th Anniversary Ride for Autism Speaks Chicago

November 05, 2012

On Sunday, September 16, the sun shone brightly for the 10th anniversary Ride and set the tone for a picture perfect day.   

Over 2000 riders came out to help raise awareness.  Hundreds of motorcycles poured into the parking lot of Wild Fire Harley-Davidson that morning.  The revving of their bikes could be felt and heard for miles.  You couldn’t help but become inspired by witnessing thousands come together for our community.  The event’s radio media partner The Loop and The Loop Rock Girl, Tricia, who has a nephew affected with autism, were also in attendance.

Once the ride started, miles and miles of bikes headed out on the route, with spectators cheering, clapping and crying even cars honked their horns to express their support. The Ride even made the morning traffic reports as areas to avoid because of our sheer numbers.

The 85-mile course throughout the western suburbs concluded at drink, a local bar in Schaumburg complete with an outdoor patio and beach volleyball court. Participants were treated to great food, drinks and the beats of Mistaken Identity.  We had over 100 merchandise raffle items, six silent auction items, including lots of motorcycle gear and a 50/50 cash raffle.

The event has raised almost $85,000 and aiming for $100,000 by year end with the help of an upcoming benefit concert in December. Huge thanks goes out to Diane and Leo Tavolacci, our 2012 Ride co-chairs as well as our tireless committee and supporting municipalities who put on a great ride with ZERO accidents.