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Riders drive funds home for children's home and school

August 31, 2004|by Alicia Notarianni

alician@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - It was transportation galore Saturday at the campus of Cedar Ridge Ministries when the organization held its fourth annual Ride through History fund-raiser.

At 6 a.m., 73 bicyclists began registering and setting off from the Cedar Ridge campus en route to historic sites throughout Washington County. Cyclists chose routes depending on their preferred distance - 25, 65 or 100 miles.

Simon Frechette, 44, of Frederick, Md., rode 65 miles. Frechette said that while the roads were nice, the weather was sweltering. Similar comments were heard throughout the day.

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At around 10:30 a.m., motorcyclists began pouring in - about 130 of them. At 12:15 p.m., they geared up, revved their engines and embarked on an 81-mile scenic tour.

Ron Kinsey, 54, of Boonsboro, was on his Harley-Davidson Fat Boy.

"I've been here the last two years," Kinsey said. "I like the fellowship."

Owners of about 25 antique, classic and sports cars and street rods rolled in at about 1 p.m. to prepare for the afternoon car show.

Sam Bowers of Williamsport, who was prepping his 1974 Chevrolet Corvette for the show, said it was his second year participating in the fund-raiser.

"I want to help out the children," Bowers said.

Dave Swacina, CEO and administrator of Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School Inc., said his organization was looking for a fund-raiser that would bring people to the campus. The concept for the historic tour factored in people's interest in motorcycles, bicycles and automobiles, and the location of the Cedar Ridge Ministries campus.

Participants secured pledges and paid registration fees ranging from $10 to $45, depending on time of registration, mode of transportation and, for motorcyclists, whether they were riding solo or with a passenger. Fees for bikers and motorcyclists included lunch, snacks, water and dessert, prizes for pledges, door prizes, water bottles, souvenir photos and event pins. Car show participants received dessert, door prizes, dash plaques, prizes for pledges and souvenir photos.

The Christian rock band Forgiven provided music at the Cedar Ridge campus. Tim Hult, 37, of Smithsburg, was with the band.

"It's a good thing to have the local biker and street-rod guys out here to praise God's name and try to raise money for different ministries," Hult said.

Cedar Ridge Children's Home and School Inc. includes four ministries - a home for 6- to 14-year-old boys who have been abused, abandoned or neglected; a special-education school for boys with emotional disturbances; an adventure ropes course; and WCRH-FM, a listener-supported Christian radio station.

Proceeds from the event were about $13,000, which Swacina said would be used to help meet the needs of the boys' home and school, and the adventure course.

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