The American Legion Riders from four posts have come together to host the third annual Susie’s Place Charity Ride this weekend.
Last year, Avon American Legion Post 145 jumped in to implement the ride, which ended up welcoming 100 motorcyclists and raising money for Susie’s Place, Hendricks County’s child advocacy center.
Susie’s Place is staffed with trained forensic interviewers that assist law enforcement and Child Protective Services by providing a child-friendly place to interview children who may have experienced some sort of abuse/trauma.
“I’m just so excited that we went from one Legion last year to four this year,” said organizer Linda Cook, an American Legion Rider with Danville Post 118.
Jumping on board to help plan this year are Jim and Cheri Allen from Wayne Post 64, and Rick Haberman from Plainfield Post 324.
Cook was one of the major organizers from last year. This year she is co-chairing with Bob Mullins, a member of the Avon American Legion Post 145. Jason Curran, who is also from the Avon post, is also helping to prepare for the ride.
“Getting Ricky involved has been instrumental to getting more Legions involved,” Cook said. “He’s the communications person for the state organization.”
Haberman has helped promote the event within the Legion organization and by creating promotional materials.
“It’s important to get it out on the web so more people know about it,” Haberman said. “We’re heading to the state meeting today and will be talking about the ride with as many people as we can. The state chapter has 3,000 members in 110 different chapters. I’m sure we can get a few more of them to come next week.”
Mullins said getting more area Legions involved has helped them to raise more funds ahead of time, as well as to prepare for more riders.