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Annual Lt. Michael Andry Memorial Ride to get underway next week

The sixth annual Lt. Michael Andry Memorial Ride will take place on Saturday, July 20th in Greentown.

Andry, a Grant County Sheriff’s Deputy, was killed in a motorcycle crash on July 12, 2013 when a motorist executing a left turn failed to yield the right of way.

The event seeks to promote motorcycle safety & awareness while raising money to benefit the Howard County Sheriff Department’s Benevolent Fund, the Grant County Sheriff Department’s Gifts for Kids Program, the Guardians of the Children Hanging Rock Chapter, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 28.

“We are supporting four great causes again this year,” said Carol Robbins, Andry’s sister and coordinator of the event. “This will be a police escorted ride. We also have assistance from the Howard County and Grant County EMA organizations. We’re hoping for great weather and a lot of bikes again this year,” she added.

The Andry memorial ride has generated more than $68,000 over the past five years to assist area children in need and military veterans.

Registration for the ride begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Howard County fairgrounds. The group ride departs at 10 a.m.

The ride will pass by Andry’s gravesite near Point Isabel in Grant County before proceeding to Brandt’s Harley Davidson in Wabash. After a brief stop motorcyclists will return to Greentown via a scenic tour through the Mississinewa reservoir area.

“This has been a very safe event in past years,” Robbins added. “The bikes are under police escort the entire way.”

Upon returning to Greentown participants will enjoy an after ride party at the fairgrounds featuring food, a charity auction, raffle drawings and DJ music.

The cost is $15 per motorcycle operator or passenger. Those not riding can attend the after ride event for a $10 donation.

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