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ABATE rides for Safehouse

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. Pearson W/ IV STORY From left: Ken Hoyt, left, Julie Hoyt and Bob Dollahite sign waivers as Joe Carpenter supervises the ABATE of Colorado's pledge ride Saturday morning. The 225 mile drive started in Rifle and benefited the Advocate Safehouse Project.

Saturday morning, though a little crisp, was the perfect morning for a motorcycle ride.Members from A Brotherhood Active Towards Education, which is a nonprofit motorcyclists’ rights organization, rendezvoused in a parking lot in Rifle before starting a 225-mile trek over the Grand Mesa.

Abate members and nonmembers love to ride and go on several motorcycle runs a year.Sometimes they do fun runs such as poker runs. On poker runs, every rider picks a playing card at each stop. At the end of the ride, each rider has a full hand of poker. Whoever has the best hand wins the pot.Several times a year they do charitable runs.To the run registration Saturday, riders brought pledges which will benefit Advocate Safehouse.

Advocate Safehouse is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence and sexual assault in Garfield CountyABATE started the four- to five-hour ride at 10 a.m. They made a loop through Grand Mesa, down through Carbondale and back to Rifle.This is the first time this chapter of ABATE rode for the Safehouse.”This is awesome,” said Marilyn Carr of Glenwood. Carr didn’t know the run was for charity until she showed up. “This needs to be done because people in the valley lose sight of the fact that we have the same problems as the rest of the world.”

Not everyone in the valley lives the good life, Carr said. Many people have to deal with violence in the home, and those that do deserve help from the community.Pledge totals weren’t added up before the group left, but ABATE hopes to raise about $3,500, said Joe Carpenter, ABATE northwest regional coordinator.Denise Lange of Rifle, and her husband, Jeffery, both raised money for ABATE. Denise raised $400 and Jeffery raised $2,500 by asking local businesses for pledges.Half of the proceeds will go toward the Safehouse and the other half will go toward ABATE, Carpenter said.

“We were really looking for a local nonprofit,” Carpenter said. “We thought of getting pledges for Race for the Cure, but they get plenty of national exposure. The Advocate Safehouse doesn’t get the same exposure, and it’s more localized.”Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.com

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