To say this year’s edition of the Ride Into History was a success would be a massive understatement.
The third annual motorcycle ride — which drew 116 riders when it was held in late July — raised $20,580.
By comparison, the event raised just over $14,000 in its first two years combined.
The money raised goes to the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope and helps them provide vital community services in Langley and Aldergrove.
“Statistics speak and the big stat for us is the amount raised,” said Jim Coggles, the executive director of the Gateway of Hope.
“The bottom line is we can’t (provide help) without events like this.
“We are grateful for your support.”
Coggles was speaking outside of the Gateway of Hope on Thursday afternoon to representatives from Envision Financial, Aldergrove Financial Group and Prospera Credit Union. Also present were Township of Langley Mayor Jack Froese and representatives of the Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club, the Thunder Kings, HOGS Langley chapter, the North Langley Ride Group, and the Gospel Riders.
The two-day Ride Into History was held in Fort Langley the last weekend in July.
The first night saw 400 to 500 people gather together for the Cruise ‘n’ Concert. And the next day saw the riders take a scenic drive before capping off the evening with a dinner banquet at the Gateway of Hope.
“We are raising funds and making an impact with the Salvation Army Gateway of Hope,” said Troy Gaglardi, the Gateway of Hope’s director of operations.
“It has been fantastic for us and it has been through the incredible support of the community.”
The money raised will be put to good use, said Michelle Puffer, the Gateway of Hope’s business manager.
“To put this into perspective, these funds can provide approximately 6,332 community meals,” she said. “This is a great blessing, providing upwards of a hundred guests a day with a hot meal over a two-month period.
“Alternatively, this will cover two years of our Skillet 101 program costs, helping more than 78 people learn to shop and cook nutritious inexpensive meals for themselves and their families.”
The fourth annual Ride Into History will be held July 24 and 25, 2015.