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Ormond Beach Observer Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 5 years ago

Roar from 700 motorcycles helps Ride for Children surpass $5 million

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This weekend's Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children raised enough in donation funds to surpass the $5 million mark since its inception 19 years ago.

BY MIKE CAVALIERE | ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Motorcycles, hundreds of motorcycles, lined through the parking lots and side streets of Destination Daytona Sunday morning, their engines revving in anticipating of the 19th-annual Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children.

"We passed the $5 million mark!" said Sarah Gurtis, corporate development officer for Camp Boggy Creek, the nonprofit camp for seriously ill children which the event benefits annually. Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Harley-Davidson has supported the camp since it opened, in Eustis, and this year's Ride for Children raised enough funds to surpass $5 million donated throughout the course of its 19-year lifespan.

Nearly 700 bikes participated in this year's ride — a 20% increase over last year's attendance. Spots in the ride sold out Saturday night.

This year's grand marshal, actor-director Steve Buscemi, led the procession, along with Jody Perewitz, the first woman to break the land-speed record.

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