The annual “Ride for a Reason” charity motorcycle ride benefits Penrickton Center for Blind Children, a Taylor-based charity that provides specialized programs for blind, multi-disabled children. The annual event is still the largest charity motorcycle ride in southeast Michigan, with more than 3,000 motorcycle enthusiasts taking part. It he held annually in the summer.
Since its inception, more than $1M has been raised for Penrickton Center, located in Taylor (26530 Eureka Road) since 1952. Motor City Harley-Davidson (14100 Telegraph Road) is a major sponsor of “Ride for a Reason.” The dealership is a longtime dedicated supporter of Penrickton Center.
The charity benefit ride usually begins at Cabela’s in Dundee, taking riders through scenic southeastern Michigan to Taylor, where they are treated to a BBQ feast and entertainment. Penrickton Executive Director Kurt Sebaly said 100 percent of the ride proceeds benefit the center, which has been part of the Downriver community for 63 years, providing a unique resource for families as the only child-care agency in Michigan specializing in the needs of blind children ages 1 to 12 who are also living with complex medical issues. The program offers daycare and five-day residential care, as well as evaluation and consultation services.