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.