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Inaugural Milwaukee Ride for Autism Speaks Recap

July 13, 2013

Saturday, July 13th marked the Inaugural Milwaukee’s Ride for Autism Speaks.  Hundreds of riders, families, and autism supporters came to the House of Harley-Davidson to take part in a phenomenal day. Families and friends rode for autism awareness, to raise funds for autism research, and to unite the Wisconsin autism community. Overall 115 bikes rode with over 250 people participating—together raising $15,000…and counting!

Starting at the House of Harley-Davidson in Greenfield, the morning kicked off with music from our media partner, FM 102.1, a bike blessing from Rescue Rider, Laurie Martin and a National Anthem performance by 24-year-old Jonny T-Bird, who is on the autism spectrum. We also heard the stories of Lisa Reid, 2013 Milwaukee Committee member and Diane Gedik, founder of Ride for Autism Speaks!

The 100-mile ride started with an escort from the City of Greenfield police department to the County Line. The ride stopped mid-way at our partner, Gooseberries Fresh Food Market of Burlington, where riders ate food and relaxed before heading back to the House of Harley-Davidson for the After-Party. The After Party featured music from Chasing Amy, food from Gouda Girls and Hattie’s food trucks, and drinks from Don Q Rum and the Milwaukee Brewing Company. Nine Vendors were also at the After-Party: Body Awareness Center, Hugs N Stitches, Coming through the Fog, Cookie Lee Jewelry, Norwex, Culver’s, The Daily Reporter, Steelhorse Law Wisconsin, and ATI Physical Therapy.

The event is made possible by event sponsors and supporter: House of Harley-Davidson, Don Q Rum, The Milwaukee HOG Chapter, Culver’s, The Daily Reporter, Sendicks of Greenfield, FM 102.1, Chasing Amy, Milwaukee Brewing Company, Milwaukee Ale House, Gooseberries and JMBrennan, Inc.  A special thanks goes to the Rescue Riders, the City of Greenfield Police Department and all our event volunteers who helped to ensure a smooth and safe event for all our riders. We’d also like to thank our outstanding Ride for Autism Speaks Committee members: Lisa Reid, Brian Walsh, Greg Malcolm, Katelyn Rattray, Greg Schreck and Mark McClain.

Lastly, thank you to all the families, friends, and supporters who joined in our celebration at the inaugural Milwaukee Ride for Autism Speaks and to all who raised funds to continue autism research. We look forward to seeing you at future Autism Speaks Milwaukee events and back again for Milwaukee Ride for Autism Speaks 2014.  For more information and photos on the Ride, visit our Wisconsin Facebook page HERE.

If you or someone you know needs support, feel free to contact the Wisconsin local staff person Mallory Walsh at or 312-515-1452. Thank you again and we hope to see you in Chicago for Ride for Autism Speaks on September 15, 2013! 

[slideshow:2, order=top, width=480, height=700, img=|/sites/default/files/images/bradlee.jpg|||Lisa Martinez and Terry Glines are riding for Bradlee\, their three-year-old son. Bradlee loves motorcycles! ||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/ready-to-roll.jpg|||Bikes in position and just about ready to roll! ||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/schaller.jpg|||Very special thanks to John Schaller\,right\, and all of our friends at Milwaukee's House of Harley\, and Jonny T-Bird of Jonny T-Bird and the MPs\, who performed the National Anthem prior to the Ride. Both are pictured here with Autism Speaks' Milwaukee Field Development Manager\, Mallory Walsh||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/ride-captains.jpg|||Huge thanks to the volunteer Road Captains from the Milwaukee HOG chapter! ||, img=|/sites/default/files/images/greenfield-pd.jpg|||Big thanks to Greenfield PD for their support of the Ride today!||,img=|/sites/default/files/images/welk.jpg|||Brian Welk rode with three of his favorite people!||]