Ride for Recovery benefits groups that help addicts

Katherine Ranzenberger
  • The first Ride for Recovery is Saturday, June 18.
  • The ride runs from Dillsburg to Gettysburg and back.

The York Recovery Committee and Colonial House Health Network Inc. are still looking for motorcycle riders to join the first Ride for Recovery on Saturday, June 18.

Harley-Davidson's Springettsbury Township plant is one of the stops on this year's Made in America Tours. Dawn J. Sagert photo

For $25, riders can register for the two-hour ride from Dillsburg to Gettysburg and back. Passengers can join for an extra $10.

The proceeds will assist Colonial House, Safe Haven York and Gaudenzia Inc. All three organizations work with addicts through recovery and transitioning back into the world.

"We purchase things like bus passes, clothing vouchers and phone cards to help people currently recovering," said Erin Pressler, an organizer of the event. "We thought this would be a fun way to get the community involved."

Bringing the community together is an important start for recovery, said Antoinette Sacco, CEO of Colonial House, as it helps reduce the stigma around addiction and the road to recovery.

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"I've been in this field a long time," Sacco said. "There used to be a separation of groups and people. It's not like that anymore. We come together and work for a better recovery system. That's amazing."

The event will start and end at the Dillsburg American Legion Post 26, 301 Route 15 South. Registration starts at 10 a.m. with the ride at 11 a.m.

There will be a pig roast and live entertainment at the Legion Post, Pressler said. The registration fee covers a T-shirt and entrance to the pig roast.

"There will be resource tables there for drug and alcohol recovery as well," she said. "If people need those resources, they're there."

Those interested in joining the Ride for Recovery can register online at the EventBrite page. Pressler said people can wait to register at the event if they're holding out for a weather report. However, the event will go on rain or shine.

Cars are also welcome, with a $25 registration fee and $10 per passenger fee.

For more information on the Ride for Recovery, check out the Facebook event page.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at kranzenberger@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDKatherine.