Nonprofits  August 11, 2022

Realities Ride & Rally to raise money for local youth

FORT COLLINS — The Realities Ride & Rally will return to the roads of Northern Colorado in August, with motorcyclists helping to raise money for local youth in need.

Scheduled for Friday, Aug. 26., and Saturday, Aug. 27, the event includes an opening rally, concert and military appreciation on Friday night, with an 80-mile poker run and after-ride celebration scheduled for Saturday.

Proceeds from the event fund Realities For Children, which provides emergency and ongoing support for children who have been abused, neglected, or are at-risk in Northern Colorado and works collaboratively in service with 40 nonprofit partner agencies. Past rallies have raised more than $100,000 for emergency services for children in need.

“These past few years, we have seen a record high need for emergency services and the mental health impact and healing support needs continue to grow,” Craig Secher, founder and executive director of Realities For Children, said in a prepared statement. “The Realities Ride is not only one of the largest fundraising events for children who have been abused, neglected, abandoned or at-risk locally, but it is also one of the most inspirational for the children we serve.”

Friday night’s rally is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. at The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch, on the grounds of the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, 2531 Busch Drive in Fort Collins. The rally, including the concert, is free and open to the public. Everyone who arrives during happy hour before 6 p.m. will be entered to win a $500 Scheels gift card, and if more than 500 people are in attendance by 6 p.m., 50 bicycles will be donated to the children they serve!

Saturday morning’s ride begins at Thunder Mountain Harley-Davidson, 4250 Byrd Drive in Loveland, with check-in at 8 a.m. and bikes out at 9:30 a.m. The after-ride celebration, which includes a motorcycle stunt show, prize drawings, a silent auction, and live music, begins at 2 p.m. at The Biergarten at Anheuser Busch.

Registration information can be found at realitiesride.com