Ride to Provide

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More than $13,000 raised for LARC

By Mark Scohier

More than 100 motorcycle riders cruised their way through the scenic and rural roads and highways of Levy County Saturday in an effort to raise money for the Levy ARC.

More than 40 sponsors and riders helped raise $13,500 in this year’s eighth annual Ride to Provide, which ended with a barbeque and several raffles at Levy ARC.

“There wasn’t a cloud in the sky,” said Blue Knights Florida 30 President Larry Downing. “The motorcycle gods were watching out for us today.”

The Blue Knights were this year’s largest single sponsor, collecting $1,500 in donations.

Downing said it’s important that the community gets involved in helping support Levy ARC because of the opportunities the organization offers for area residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and because funding has continued to dwindle in recent years.

“The clients here are learning how to live life,” Downing said. “When you get to meet them, you get teary eyed.”

Levy County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sean Mullins, who has headed up the event since its inception years ago, said this year’s event went well and even “better than in years passed.”

He said about $9,000 in donations were collected before the event even took place.

First-time Ride to Provider Ben Jameson, of Cross City, said he had a good time and that he expects to participate next year, too.

“Some friends told me about it, and it’s for a great cause,” Jameson said. “Nice weather and good people to ride with.”