For the second year the Quartette Club Charity Ride is set to help out a needy local resident Sunday, Aug. 21.
“A couple guys in the club got together and wanted to do something community oriented,” said Jim Sanders Jr. of the club. “A few of us rode, so we said why not a bike ride?”
Last year about 110 motorcycles joined in for a ride starting at the club on Wooster Street and continuing through Berlin, Meriden, Wolcott, Cheshire and Bristol before heading back to the club. It had a police escort and was led by Mayor Timothy Stewart.
“We decided instead of donating to a charity, we would donate directly to a person,” said Sanders. “We seek out different people each year and it kind of makes it unique.”
Last year the money raised went towards the family of Bristol’s Jeff Eziod. Eziod was killed the day after Christmas while taking down Christmas decorations by a drunk driver.
“We will go anywhere there is a needy family,” said Sanders.
This year the event funds will go to Eric Fruchtenicht of Bristol.
“He was at his sons graduation party when he was injured at a volleyball game. He thought he had pulled a muscle, but when he went to the doctor it was all down hill from there,” said Sanders. “They found he had bone cancer and a blood disorder. He has an 18 year old son.”
The event is not just about riding motorcycles. It is an all day event meant for family and children.
It starts at 9 a.m. with bike registration lasting until 10:45. The motorcade leaves at around 11 a.m. and returns around 12:30 p.m.
After that the fun for everyone begins.
“We have kid raffles, bouncing rides, face painting and food,” said Sanders. “A band (Hard Water) plays around 2:30 p.m.”
Last year over 200 people were in attendance. This year at least 200 motorcycle riders are expected.
Those wishing to attend the event will pay a $10 admission fee. Riders pay $20. Passengers pay $10. All food is donated by volunteers and committee members. Sir Speedy donated flyers and tickets for the event.
“We have some really good sponsors,” said Sanders. “You do not need to ride to have fun.”
For more information or advanced tickets call 860-614-3859.
The Quartette Club is located at 225 Wooster St.