By Kaitlyn Naples
On the last Sunday of the month, between 900 and 1,200 motorcycles are expected to drive from Bristol, through Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, Plantsville, and Cheshire, for the fourth annual Ride for Justice.
This annual ride, which brings out close to 3,000 people every year, benefits the Petit Family Foundation, which continues the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit, who were murdered in a horrific home invasion in 2007.
All of the proceeds from the ride go towards the foundation so it can achieve its mission of “fostering the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses, and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence while continuously honoring the precious lives of Jennifer, Hayley and Michaela.”
Ron Catucci, chairman of the Ride for Justice, began this event four years ago, and said it benefits a cause that is close to him.
“They follow their mission statement, and they do a very good thing,” Catucci said, adding that recently the foundation hit the $1 million mark of its total donations to various causes.
This year, Catucci said he hopes the ride brings out 2,000 riders, and continues to grow every year.
“It is a great foundation to support,” he added.
The Ride for Justice will be held on Sunday, Sept. 29, with registration at St. Paul Catholic High School (1001 Stafford Ave., Bristol) beginning at 9 until 11 a.m. and the ride will leave at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. Walk-ins are $15 and a motorcycle is not required to participate in the event.
The ride will leave St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, and travel through Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, and Plantsville, arriving at Bozzuto’s Food Distribution Center, 275 Schoolhouse Rd., Cheshire, in time for an Outback Steak House family-style barbecue.
The route takes about an hour and travels through scenic wooded areas and along the reservoir on Route 72.
Entertainment starts at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul High School in Bristol from Face 4 Radio, and The Happening will be performing at 12:30 p.m. at Bozzuto’s in Cheshire.
The ride is sponsored by Trantolo & Trantolo, LLC, Outback Steakhouse, Yankee Harley Davidson and Bozzuto’s Inc.
For more details visit www.ride4justice.org, www.facebook.com/rideforjustice or email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can contact Ron Catucci directly at 860-605-6256.
Some of the recent grants given out by the Petit Family Foundation were to Klingberg Family Centers, Safe Haven of Greater Waterbury, New England Air Museum, Interval House, New Britain Academy for Health Professions, The Children’s Museum and Connecticut Invention Convention, Connecticut Science Center, CT-ALIVE and The Cove Center for Grieving Children.
By Kaitlyn Naples