Michigan Ride for Autism on August 7 ends in Taylor

The sixth annual Michigan Ride for Autism is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 7, ending at Biker Bob's Motown Harley-Davidson in Taylor. The charity motorcycle ride raises money for local autism enrichment programs.

The ride starts at two locations:

  • West - Livingston Masonic Lodge 76 at 210 Mann Street in Pinckney
  • East - Southfield Civic Center, 26000 Evergreen Road, Southfield

The entry fee is $30 per rider (includes a shirt and pin) and $20 per passenger (shirt). Those who register by July 16 save $5 and are guaranteed to receive a shirt. Only 200 event shirts will be available the day of the event. All riders will receive an event shirt, but some may need to be ordered.

All active military troops, in military, ride for free.

Breakfast and lunch are included. (Non-riders pay a $10 donation to enter the food line.) The pancake breakfast and registration are scheduled for 8 to 10 a.m. The ride departs at 10:30 a.m.

At Biker Bob's there will be lunch, refreshments, raffle prizes and a performance by Fiddlers Restrung.

Organizers say the event will take place "rain or shine."

About Ride for Autism: The nonprofit event raises money to local enrichment organizations for autistic children and their families. The first Ride for Autism was in 2005 when members of UAW Local 245 decided to do something to help co-worker Kevin Chrenenko, whose son Victor has autism. The first ride included 56 motorcycles, which traveled 60 miles and raised $8,000. Mr. Chrenenko suggested the funds be donated to the local Autism Society of America (ASA) Chapter in Macomb County so it would benefit more families than his own. In five years, the event has raised more than $55,000 to benefit Macomb/St. Clair County ASA, SE Wayne County ASA and Autism Connections of the Judson Center.

For more information: Visit www.rideforautism.com or call Sal Ferra (248) 310-6651