Harley Davidson and MVCAA team up for ‘Ride Against Poverty’ in Utica

Utica Buffalo Soldiers and Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency team up for ‘Ride Against Poverty’

A local motorcycle club, Harley Davidson and the Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency are teaming up this weekend to host a loop motorcycle ride through Oneida and Herkimer counties.

The Ride Against Poverty, organized by Harley Davidson and the Utica Chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers, will raise funds for the MVCAA and the services the agency provides to low-income families in Oneida and Herkimer counties. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and crutches go up at 10 a.m., MVCAA program development director Maureen Dunn Murphy said. Registration costs $25 per rider or driver and $5 per passenger.

It’s the first race MVCAA has organized with Harley Davidson and the Buffalo Soldiers, Murphy said, though she added that they hope it will become an annual event.

“It’s kind of a new business for us,” she said.

MVCAA chose to work with the motorcycle club because it is very active in the community, Murphy said.

Marc Dingle, secretary of the Utica chapter of the Buffalo Soldiers, agreed with that sentiment. A big part of their efforts involves participating in community cleanups, fundraisers and other community events, he said. The Chapter’s next round after that will be August 27, to raise money for the Utica Veterans Outreach Center.

“Our mission is to better the community and ourselves,” he said.

Murphy also credited Harley Davidson for hosting the event. Riders will start and end their tour at their home ground in New York Mills for what is expected to be a long two-hour ride. Both cars and motorbikes are welcome, and a prize will be awarded to the best decorated car.

“This will be my first race and cars are welcome too,” Dingle said. “Everyone is welcome.”

Riders will return to Harley Davidson for food from the local Doughboy Food Truck BBQ, as well as music, a raffle, prizes and games.

“We just hope it’s not just going to be a fundraiser, but a community event as well,” Murphy said. “Just let people know that ‘hey, here in our community, we’re trying to help. “”

Dingle said this fundraiser is especially for him as a longtime resident of the Utica area, since the funds will go to the immediate community.

“You have to take care of the house,” he said.

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If you are going to

  • What: MVCAA Ride Against Poverty
  • Where: Harley-Davidson, 4870 Commercial Dr., New York Mills
  • When: Saturday, August 6 (registration at 8:30 a.m., start of the hike at 10 a.m.)
  • To participate: Register online at mvcaa.com or on the morning of the event; admission is $25 per motorcycle/car and $5 per additional passenger

H. Rose Schneider covers public safety, breaking news and trends for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at [email protected]

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