Hundreds of motorcycle riders are expected to participate in the sixth annual A Ride for the Wounded Saturday in Leavenworth.
The event begins with breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Eagles Lodge 55, 300 S. 20th St.
Riders will depart at 11 a.m. on a 100-mile ride. The route will go north to Atchison, south to Ozawkie and east back to Leavenworth. The ride concludes at the Eagles Lodge 55.
After the ride, there will be live music by the band Shades of Grey as well as a raffle, silent auction and prize giveaways.
Event T-shirts will be available for purchase on the day of the event.
Event organizer and founder Steven Beck said approximately 300 bikes and 500 people are expected to participate in the ride. He said approximately 1,000 people will participate in the ride and/or attend the festivities at the Eagles Lodge 55. He said riders will be coming from all over the Midwest to participate.
“We blow it out of the water when we do this,” Beck said. “It’s a fun day, really a blast. A lot of it is veterans helping veterans.”
The charity motorcycle ride benefits Team Fidelis, the Foundation of Exceptional Warriors and A Ride for the Wounded’s Veteran Utility Fund.
Beck said last year, the total donation to the service organizations amounted to approximately $50,000.
Entry fee on the day of the event is $45 per bike. Adults can eat breakfast for $8. Children 12-under can eat breakfast for $5.
The event will take place rain or shine. The forecast for Saturday is mostly sunny skies with a high of 84 degrees.
For more information about A Ride for the Wounded, visit www.facebook.com/rideforthewounded