­čôĚ┬áL-R: Chris Dupres, Martin Kucharczyk, Ismael Rodriguez and Jerry Cassesse prepare for the ride.

By Sarah Champagne, Managing Editor

SOUTHBRIDGE –┬áThe Fraternal Order of Eagles held its second annual Ride to End Violence and Abuse Saturday,┬áSept. 22. Riders gathered to register and get ready for the ride as early as 9 a.m. for the start of the ride at 11 a.m. As motorcycle riders showed up, the smell of fresh barbecue from a large smoker filled the air and music played.

Martin Kucharczyk said that he joins the ride in support of those who have suffered from the lasting impact of abuse and violence.

“I think it is great that we can do this. There are so many people who have been through these things, types of abuse. When you hear from someone who has been through it, you try to put yourself in their shoes,” Kucharczyk reflected.

All proceeds from the motorcycle run will go to the organization Stop Abuse Today, a nonprofit group from Holland, MA. 

L-R: Sarah Zafiris, Jennifer Mott and Janet Zafaris register riders for the event.
L-R: Sarah Zafiris, Jennifer Mott and Janet Zafaris show off their “Stop Abuse Today” shirts.
Lois and Doug Eddy of Scaryman’s Hometown BBQ Sauce support The Ride to End Violence and Abuse.
L-R: Chris Dupres, Martin Kucharczyk, Ismael Rodriguez and Jerry Cassesse prepare for the ride.

 

A hand-built smoker prepares food for the registrants and supporters of the fundraising ride.

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Patraw arrives for the event.

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