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Charity Ride for Father Fred Foundation Kicks Off in Traverse City

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Bikers from all over the state roared into Traverse City this afternoon.

It was all for a great cause.

Today kicked off the twenty-third annual Charity Ride for Father Fred in Traverse City.

The two day event raises thousands of dollars for the charity.  

"It gives us an opportunity to do what we have a passion for in terms of riding but it also generates a good sum of money for the foundation and that money stays right here in those five regions," says event chairman Trent Tomlinson.

Bikers rode through Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Antrim, Leelanau and Benzie counties.

All the money raised will stay in this region.

"It's remarkable when you think of the way the Father Fred Foundation serves the community. It is food, it is clothing,g it is winter coats and shoes, educational materials, help with energy issues, I mean it really is wide reaching in terms of everyone it touches.

The foundation director says demand increases during the summer, especially for the food pantry.

"We also see a lot of families where the children maybe have been getting two meals a day at school  and now the kids are home for the summer so it's a little extra stretch for that budget," says Deb Haase.

She says it's inspiring to see people unite help their neighbor.

 "This is an event that was near and dear to Father Fred's heart. He participated in this ride over the years and it's just a wonderful and fabulous example of our community coming together to support those in need," said Haase.

Those riding in the event say it's a great way to give back.

"It just goes to help the people in the area not only in Grand Traverse county they help service five different counties so it just helps the people that are in need," said motorcycle rider Michael Lince.

Tomorrow more riders will join in for a group ride through the five counties.