From left, Con Elliott, United Helpers employee Tonya Remi, U.H. nurse Codie VanSchaich and Grace Slate.
HEUVELTON -- The Fourth Annual Ride for the Residents raised nearly $6,000 for United Helpers residents. The funds will be put towards purchasing quality-of-life improvements like handicap-accessible swings, patio furniture, and awnings.
Ellis Pike awarded RiverLedge Campus director of buildings and grounds Billy LaFlair the residents choice award for the best motorcycle.
The ride, which saw roughly 80 motorcycles take to the road, cut a scenic route through the north country stopping at iconic restaurants and bars and ending up at the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department.
Riders started the day at Riverledge Campus at 10 a.m. and after a quick cup of coffee, the 40-minute drive to Alexandria Bay’s North Star Restaurant began. At the restaurant, riders and passengers were treated to breakfast and beverages before getting back on their bikes for the ride to Mullin’s Family Restaurant in Gouverneur.
At Mullin’s, lunch was served outside so riders could enjoy the weather as cloudy skies gave way to sun. Inside, drinks were served in the spacious bar.
From Mullin’s the ride went to Satch’s Restaurant in Russell where hors d’oeuvres were served and riders were able to play shuffleboard while waiting out a brief rain spell.
The ride ended at the Heuvelton Volunteer Fire Department with a barbecue meal prepared by Parker Piercey.
This year was the first time the Ride for the Residents went south towards Alexandria Bay and then looped around towards Heuvelton, and it gave riders a chance to see different parts of the region and added a new dimension for veterans of the event, according to a statement from United Helpers.