About 50 people on 35 motorcycles gathered in the morning at Spring Lake Wesleyan Church in Spring Lake Township, before cruising along and stopping for refreshments at Sandy’s Harley-Davidson in Fremont. The ride ended Saturday afternoon with a lunch and raffle at Hot Rod Harley-Davidson in Muskegon.
The collaborative effort between riders and event sponsors raised about $12,000. Proceeds will go to the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity, said Jill Nicholson, resource coordinator for the organization.
“I’m really thrilled and happy about the turn out,” Nicholson said.
Habitat for Humanity will use the money to build a home in September. The home will be energy-efficient and handicap-accessible, said Beth Hanis, executive director for Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. Aside from the cost of land, it will take about $85,000 for the LED-certified home to be built, she said.
Rycenga Building Center and the Grand Haven-based Habitat for Humanity chapter ran the event. Eagle Riders and American Legion Riders helped give advice about the route and how to handle a large group traveling together.
Sponsors for the event included the Grand Haven Tribune, Harbor Steel, Chemical Bank, Fifth Third Bank, Lakeshore Employee Benefits, Eagle Riders, Century 21, John and Jill Highhill, and NoFeeSalvage.com.
“We’re fortunate to have so many businesses in the area and nonprofits to support Habitat,” Nicholson said.
Eagles Rider and Coopersville resident Wayne Adams drove his Harley-Davidson motorcycle in Saturday’s event. Adam’s exchange student from Spain tagged along for the ride.
Adams said he likes riding his motorcycle because it provides him the ability to be anywhere, and it gets better gas mileage than his truck.
“I thought it was a good cause,” he added.
American Legion rider and Ferrysburg resident Rick Phillips wasn’t able to attend last year’s event, so he cleared his schedule and made Saturday’s event his priority.
“It’s a worthy cause,” he said. “It’s good for the community.”
The hot ride with the sun beating down didn’t break Phillips’s enthusiasm for the event as he walked into Hot Rod Harley-Davidson to enjoy a hot dog lunch and other treats.
“It was a nice ride,” he said.