By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Motorcyclists endured heat and humidity July 19 as they participated in the 15th annual Charity Ride of the Marlborough Eagle Riders. They were escorted by motorcycle police officers from Auburn, Boxborough, Grafton, Marlborough, Southborough, Sturbridge and Westborough.
The 48-mile ride began downtown at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3565, then traveled to West Boylston and ended at the Marlborough Fish & Game Association. There, other guests joined them for a barbecue, raffles and music performed by Usual Suspects presented by RB Productions.
This year’s ride was held to raise autism awareness in honor of Aaron Dean, 3, grandson of Marlborough Eagles members Sharon and Donald Gladu. Proceeds will be donated to an autism charity of the family’s choice. Among the ride’s benefiting charities in previous years were the 15-40 Connection, Boston Children’s Hospital, Greater Marlborough Programs, Inc., Muscular Dystrophy Association and Wounded Warrior Project.
On Saturday, Aug. 15, the Marlborough Eagle Riders will host a Cancer Bike Run, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the clubhouse. The ride is held in conjunction with the seventh annual Rock and Stroll, and the fourth annual Car and Motorcycle Show that same day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marlborough Fish & Game Association to benefit cancer causes.
For more information, visit marlboroeagles3565.com.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.