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Shelter to host motorcycle ride

Published 10:45pm Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Genieve Shelter hopes plenty of bikers will rev up their engines for a good cause next month.

The domestic violence shelter will host its second annual motorcycle ride Aug. 24 to raise money and bring attention to the services it offers for domestic violence victims. The shelter has hosted the ride in the past but now is trying to make it an annual event.

“This is more about bringing awareness of our services,” Genieve Shelter Executive Director Mary Williams-Davis said. “We’re just trying to get more support.”

Genieve offers an emergency shelter, transitional housing, permanent housing, a legal clinic, mentoring, advocacy, case management, life skills training and safety training.

Williams-Davis said many in Suffolk still do not know about the services the Genieve Shelter provides. Many wind up going to the police department when they need help, she said.

The Ride Against Domestic Violence is sponsored by the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

About 50 riders attended last year’s event, and Williams-Davis hopes it will garner even more support this year.

“We’re really trying to get more riders to come and participate in this movement to end domestic violence,” she said.

The organization also is seeking volunteers for the event and planning other fundraisers for later in the year.

The ride will begin at Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church, 3488 Godwin Blvd. Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m., and the ride and lunch last until 2 p.m.

The fee is $15 for bikers and $5 for passengers, including lunch.

For more information, call Williams-Davis at 925-4365 or call 620-0948.

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