Motorcycle ride fundraiser for veterans set for Sept 25
CHITTENANGO — The Ride for Clear Path, an annual motorcycle ride fundraiser, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 25, beginning and ending at Clear Path for Veterans at 1223 Salt Springs Road.
Held in honor of all past and present veterans, the annual Ride for Clear Path is hosted in partnership with the Southern Hills Posse Motorcycle Club, and will take place rain or shine.
What started as a way to remember former Chittenango resident Army Sgt. Edward Bolen after his passing in the line of duty in 2010 has grown into an all-out annual event raising tens of thousands of dollars to honor all past and present veterans, explained Clear Path for Veterans Executive Director Alexander Behm. This will be the 10th annual Ride for Clear Path.
Locals should prepare to see a band of nearly 500 motorcyclists — a number seen in previous years — take off from the Clear Path campus in Chittenango to tour parts of Onondaga and Madison counties. There’s so many bikes that it can take up to 15 minutes for all of them to leave from the same spot, Behm reflected.
Southern Hills Posse Motorcycle Club has been a founding collaborator for the event, Behm said, contributing not only operational support and biking connections, but also incredible fundraising. Last year, the group presented a check totaling $30,000 to Clear Path and they have been active in fundraising the last several years, Behm said.
On average, including Southern Hills’ contributions, the bike ride has raised between $40,000-$50,000, Behm said, all going toward the non-profit’s various programs and services.
Serving 33 counties in New York, Clear Path for Veterans offers a peer-mentor program connecting veterans to a full spectrum of services, a canine program to train service dogs to support veterans with PTSD and other forms of trauma, wellness programs, family retreats, alternative medicine opportunities, and much more.
“It’s a win-win for who we’re serving and those participating in the ride, because they have a lot of fun,” Behm shared. “Many riders are veterans themselves and sometimes, for some of them, this is the only time they see each other once a year, so it’s a reunion, it’s a celebration.” He continued, “You can stand back and see a different demographic of our community stepping up and really getting behind the veteran cause.”
Registration is from 10 to 11 a.m. and includes coffee and doughnuts before the scenic hour-long ride beginning at 11:30 a.m. When riders return to Clear Path, they’ll be treated to a barbecue lunch prepared by Clear Path’s chef and culinary team.
Riders will enjoy live music by Hold the Air along with a large selection of raffle items. The drawing for the annual Southern Hills Posse 2022 Harley Davidson Street Bob or Honda Pioneer Side-by-Side ATV will take place at the close of the event.
All proceeds raised from the Ride for Clear Path will directly support Clear Path’s complimentary programs and services for veterans, military members, and their families.
General admission to the Ride for Clear Path is $20 per person. Riders with a passenger must purchase a ticket for the passenger. The early ticket rate of $20 will close on Sunday, Sept. 18. After that date, the ticket cost will increase to $30 per person. Walk-ins are welcome, but riders are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
For more information, visit www.clearpath4vets.com or call 315-687-3300.
“We’re just a phone call away,” Behm emphasized to those in need of help. “Somebody is always available to meet a veteran or their spouse where they’re at in the community.”
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