Sun Valley Beach Resort hosts annual motorcycle benefit ride

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Wed., Jul. 17, 2013
R.E.O. bikers Leo Whitey, Alan Roadside, Country, Chris Hammer and Adam Starks came from New Britain and Forestville, Conn., to participate in the benefit ride. Photos by Lisa Stone.
R.E.O. bikers Leo Whitey, Alan Roadside, Country, Chris Hammer and Adam Starks came from New Britain and Forestville, Conn., to participate in the benefit ride. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Sun Valley Beach Resort once again hosted the Channel 3 Kids Camp’s annual Motorcycle Benefit Ride on July 14. After the ride, the patrons enjoyed a concert that featured The Marshall Tucker Band and Connecticut’s own rock band, Shovelhead.

According to Channel 3 Kids Camp Executive Director Denise Hornbecker, the camp has been in operation for 103 years. “The event raised $60,000. Today, we had over 1,200 riders. It was an awesome ride,” said Hornbecker. “All riders paid $25 in advance and $35 the day of the event. Most bikers spend an average of $150 to $200 at the events. The bikers buy several raffle tickets while they are here. We truly appreciate all of their support. They are a wonderful group of people and we couldn’t do this without them.”

The camp is open year round, so there is always a need for fundraising. On average, the camp sees 50 to 100 kids each week during the off-season and between 70 and 120 kids during summer months. At the end of this summer, the camp that is located on the town line between Andover and Coventry, will break ground on a new cabin, designed to accommodate special needs children. As of now, any child can attend the camp, but the new cabin will be more accessible for children with special needs. This is a big undertaking, so the camp is looking for several volunteers and donations.

Members of the motorcycle club R.O.E. said they are very glad to help the children. “It’s all about the kids. Every kid deserves to get the best chance in life,” said Alan Roadside. “We are always happy to participate in this event. The ride is awesome and there is no better cause.”

“We want to help all children to grow up to be the best person they can be and a productive member of society,” said R.O.E. rider Chris Hammer. “Channel 3 Kids Camp does a great job and we are thrilled to be involved. We have been a part of this ride for four years now and we will continue to support them.”

Though the camp hires temporary help during the summer, there are only 11 year-round employees. “Things get hectic, but I really love my job and I really believe in what we are doing,” Hornbecker said.


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