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Fifth Annual Quartette Club Charity Ride & Picnic Sunday

This year’s Annual Quartette Club Charity Ride has been set for Sunday.

“It is pretty cool,” said James Sanders Jr. of the club. “We get from 70-100 motorcycles that are police escorted and ride through Berlin, Meriden, Southington Wolcott, Bristol, Plainville and back to quartette club for music, food and raffles.”

The ride last about 1 hour and 10 minutes and begins at 11 a.m. with a ceremony.

Christine Andruskiewicz, a New Britain High School student will sing the national anthem and Monsignor Daniel Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart, will blesses the riders. The police will lead the motorcade.

The event is held at the club, 225 Wooster St., from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Originally the event was known as the Quartette Club Charity Ride, but has changed the last two years.

“When it started it was meant to help individuals in the community,” said Sanders.

Originally a cancer patient, the family of a man killed in a drunk driving accident and other individuals received the funds each year.

“Kevin Koch was one of founders and major supporters of the event,” Sander said.

He passed away from anaphylactic shock due to a reaction to shrimp on New Year’s Eve in 2012.

“When he passed we unanimously decided to continue the event in honor Kevin and redirect the money in the form of scholarships,” said Sanders. “We have a Kevin J. Koch technical vocational scholarship dinner on June 13 each year which is Kevin’s birthday.”

Koch, who many describe as “a one in a million guy” was a plumber who went to E.C. Goodwin Technical School.

The amount of the scholarships varies depending upon how much is raised and how many scholarships are given out.

The first year two EC Goodwin graduates Jordan Bushnell and Nick Castrogiovanni were awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Scholarships are available for technical students from New Britain High School and E.C. Goodwin Technical School.

So far, $6,300 has gone to scholarships and $14,000 went to individuals. Over $20,000 has been raised.

“The event on Sunday is a picnic with food, music, raffles and stuff for kids,” said Sanders. “It’s very much a family picnic with a motorcycle twist. You do not need to ride to have fun. Just come out and enjoy the day.

Kids’ events include face painting and a bouncy house. Various vendors will also be on hand.

It costs $10 to get in and $20 for motorcycles to ride and enter.

The group has to pay for state police. Local police donate services.

Handicapped parking is on site and everyone else is asked to park on the street.

“Last year we had about 180 people,” Sanders added. “One hundred percent of the proceeds go back to community after expenses. Food and raffle prizes are donated. We pay for t-shirts and state police.”

For more information or advanced tickets call 860-614-3859.