In support of the Petit Family Foundation, the Ride for Justice is scheduled for September 30. Trantolo & Trantolo is a presenting sponsor.
The Petit Family Foundation was created in honor of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and daughters Hayley and Michaela Petit. Events like Ride for Justice assist the organization with its goals, such as encouraging the education of young people, particularly women in the sciences; improving lives affected by chronic illness; and supporting efforts to aid those affected by violence.
Petit Family Foundation committee chair Ron Catucci, a long-time rider, and friend Keith Stack came up with the idea for Ride for Justice. Long-time family friend Vincent Trantolo, of Hartford law firm Trantolo & Trantolo, offered assistance in organizing the ride and bringing on Yankee Harley Davidson and Bozzuto’s Distribution Center.
The first ride, in September 2010, brought 1,200 motorcycles and 3,000 attendees. A portion of the proceeds went toward Manes & Motion, Hospital for Special Care, a nonprofit organization focused on providing those with disabilities the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding or similar equine activities. The 2012 Ride for Justice is expected to be an even greater success.
The event begins at St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Conn., where registration takes place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The ride officially starts at 11:30 a.m. and takes a scenic route through parts of Connecticut with some of the most picturesque foliage. From Bristol, the route goes through Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, and Plantsville and terminates at Bozzuto’s in Cheshire for an Outback Steak House family-style barbeque meal. Live entertainment begins at 9 a.m., and at 12:30 p.m., Face4Radio at Bozzuto’s presents The Happening.
Interested participants can register online. The fee is $25 per rider or $15 for a passenger or walk-in.