On Sunday, September 18, the 9th annual Chicago Ride for Autism Speaks was held. Despite the rain, more than 300 bikes rode with 550 people participating—together raising $50,000…and counting!
Starting at the Villa Park Harley-Davidson, the morning kicked off with music from our media partner, the Loop 97.9FM and their Loop Rock Girl, Tricia, who has a nephew on the spectrum. The 88-mile ride ended at drink, a Schaumburg nightclub where participants dined on burgers, brats and pizza while listening to live music from the band, Mistaken Identity. More than 100 prizes were offered in this year’s merchandise raffle, featuring expensive motorcycle gear, courtesy of Wild Fire Harley-Davidson and sports memorabilia. All riders received an entry for the Riders Only raffle to win an Apple iPad, courtesy of sponsor, CDW.
The event is made possible by event sponsors, CDW, Shefsky and Froelich, drink and Ala Carte Entertainment, JA Rentals Corp., United Camera & Binocular, Stratford Dental, The Law Tigers, U.S. Equities Realty, the Loop 97.9FM Chicago’s Classic Rock and Wild Fire Harley-Davidson. And, once again, the Rescue Riders were on duty to ensure a safe and fun ride. Very special thanks to the police departments that helped to ensure a smooth and safe route, including: Lombard, Villa Park, DuPage County, West Chicago, Carol Stream, Batavia, Kane County, Maple Park, Pinegree Grove, Elgin, West Dundee, East Dundee, Carpentersville, Barrington Hills, Palatine, Hoffman Estates, Addison, Glendale Heights, Geneva, and the Illinois State Troopers. We proudly recognize their commitment to support our riders along the course.
We’d also like to thank our outstanding committee, chaired by, Diane Gedik and her partner, Leo Tavolacci. Diane founded the Ride in 2003 in honor of her son, Joshua.