“Ride for the Red” Motorcycle Run Benefits American Red Cross

“Ride for the Red” Motorcycle Run Benefits American Red Cross

PAINTED POST, N.Y (18 NEWS) -- Motorcyclists part of the "Ride for the Red" motorcycle run traveled through the Finger Lakes region on Saturday.
PAINTED POST, N.Y (18 NEWS) -- Motorcyclists part of the sixth annual "Ride for the Red" motorcycle run traveled through the Finger Lakes region on Saturday.

Executive Director of the Jane Delano chapter for the American Red Cross, Joel Robinson, said proceeds go to the American Red Cross' Western New York region "Services to Armed Forces Program."

"When a guard unit deploys, that can be a fair amount of expense for us. So, we can use it different ways. It kind of depends on what comes up...what the needs are that are identified the coming year as to how quickly we go through it,” said Robinson.

Director of the local Harley Owners Group (H.O.G), Paul Simonson, said even more people came to ride this year.

"I'm guessing we've probably got close to two hundred bikes here and if you have two people on a bike, that's 400 people. We ran out of t-shirts,” said Simonson.

Also, the riders came from all over.

"We have people from Canada...a big contingent. We have people from Geneva, New York… Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I heard. They come from all over,” said Simonson.

One local Marine Corps recruiter, Brian O’Rourke, said the event brings the community together.

"This is huge. This is awesome because it just shows that we can come together and we're on different platforms. We can come together to support one thing and have a good time doing it,” said O’Rourke.

Micah Hahn, who served in the Ohio National Guard, felt this support when he was presented with a $700 check from the Nation of Patriots and the Corning Harley Owners Group to help with his family's needs.

"Honestly that was completely unexpected. It’s a definite blessing that my family and I will not forget,” said Hahn.


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