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July 29, 2005

Sponsors Line Up to Support Bikers Riding Against Child Abuse Aug. 20

OSWEGO -- The second Bikers Riding Against Child Abuse (BRACA) ride is slated for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. The 80-mile ride through Oswego County will benefit the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County. Major event sponsors include Wheel-A-Way Motorsports in Fulton, Scriba Volunteer Fire Department and Constellation Energy.

The community has come together to donate time, talent, product, services and cash, all of which the event chairman, Frank Clark, hopes will translate into $10,000 to support the services offered by the Child Advocacy Center.

"The work that is done at the center is a great service to the whole community, which is why we at the Star Society Riding Club have donated our time and energy to this. This is something we really believe in," said Clark.

The event includes an 80-mile loop through northeastern Oswego County for motorcyclists and a chicken barbecue with free entertainment. Participants will also be eligible for door prizes and raffles. Riders will be entered in a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Florida for every $50 in pledges they receive.

Other sponsors include Transmeridian Airlines, Longley Dodge, Dunkin' Donuts, Price Chopper's Golub Foundation, Huhtamaki Foundation, Auto Gallery of Oswego, County Line Choppers, Clearview Home & Leisure, Ink Spot Screen Printing, Wal-Mart, Oswego Health & Fitness, Novelis, and the Oswego Chapter of the Star Society Riding Club.

The Child Advocacy Center is a non-profit agency that works closely with law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, treatment providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.

"The CAC offers many free services to child victims of abuse and their families," said director Olivia VanSanford. "Without the support of the community, we would not be able to help these children. We estimate that we will have 300 new children come to the center this year, and events such as the BRACA event show us that the community has not forgotten about these children."

Motorcyclists who interested in participating in the ride are encouraged to pre-register. Registration will also be held beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 20 at the Scriba Fire Station, state Route 104 East. A $25 donation per driver and $15 per passenger is requested. All participants will receive an event t-shirt, commemorative pin, and chicken barbeque. The ride begins at 11 a.m.

For more information about the Child Advocacy Center, ride sponsorship, or to receive a registration form, contact the CAC at 592-4453, or event chairman Frank Clark at 343-8490.

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