The Newport News Sheriff’s Office’s Escorted Motorcycle Ride raised about $1900 for its Project Lifesaver program. It was a beautiful Sunday for the ride from Newport News Park that took bikers along the Colonial Parkway, the Yorktown waterfront and other picturesque areas of the Peninsula.
About 70 bikes took part in this charity ride, which returned after a two-year break due to COVID-19 in the community. Deputies volunteered their time to support the event by taking part in the escort and supplying the DJ music.
“Outstanding ride and thank you to all the Deputies who guided us for a great cause – Project Lifesaver,” said Mike Nugent.
Led by two NNSO motors and a unit, the bikers followed along with NNSO units at the last positions. Throughout the ride, the deputies made sure the roads were safe for riders. An hour later, the ride ended back at Newport News Park. Everyone sat down for the hot dog social – hot off the grill with beans, chips, soft drinks, and dessert. Winning tickets were drawn for raffle items; the 50/50 raffle netted the winner more than $200, but he generously donated the money to Project Lifesaver.
Project Lifesaver in Newport News is free for adults and children who qualify because Sheriff Gabe Morgan believes no family should have to worry about how to cover the costs of this important program. “We’ve had seven callouts so far this year and we’ve located and safely returned each person,” said Project Lifesaver coordinator Capt. Kandyce Gross. She also plans the motorcycle ride each year.
View clips from the ride HERE.