Waypoint's 5th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride a Success

October 30, 2017 at 11:00 AM

22791673_10155431467942795_1275208023629980014_o.jpgDespite a last minute date change due to weather, the community support for the 5th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride was overwhelming. On Saturday, October 21, over 150 individuals from Waterloo, Cedar Rapids, and surrounding communities rode together to support Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program, which provides free and confidential services to over 2,600 victims of domestic violence each year.   

The 5th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride left from McGrath Powersports in Cedar Rapids and Silver Eagle Harley-Davidson in Waterloo and met at Wolfey’s Wapsie Outback in Quasqueton. The group then traveled to Bulicek’s Landing in Delhi, After Hours in Winthrop, and ended at Phat’s Pub & Grub in Brandon. All of the stops on the route graciously donated to support the cause and were great hosts for the event!

In order to get to each stop safely, the ride was led by Teufelhund Veteran’s Group and Endless Brotherhood. These groups worked in partnership with law enforcement officers in the area to ensure the ride went off without a hitch. Thank you to the following law enforcement groups for ensuring our safe travels: Cedar Rapids Police Department, Hiawatha Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Waterloo Police Department, Evansdale Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff, Manchester Police Department, and Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office.

The 5th Annual Benefit Motorcycle Ride is just one aspect of the larger Gentleman Campaign, which was started by Waypoint in 2013 to raise awareness for domestic violence in the seven counties served by Waypoint’s Domestic Violence Victim Services Program. The month of October was chosen to coincide with National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The premise behind the campaign is to recognize the true gentleman in our communities and those who are taking a stand against violence. Along with the benefit ride, the campaign includes the following awareness efforts:

  • Mayors of Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, and Dubuque proclaim October 26 as Gentleman Day
  • Over 200 Gentleman Campaign shirts sold to community members
  • Recognized as the Nonprofit of the Night with the Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey
  • 10 Red Flags of Domestic/Dating Violence displays at area colleges and hospitals
  • Purple awareness ribbons distributed to community members and throughout Downtown Cedar Rapids
  • Social media campaign including the hash tags #HelpingWaypointEndDV and #NDVAM2017

Thank you for all who participated in the various events throughout the Gentleman Campaign. Your continued support truly makes the difference in ending domestic violence in our communities!

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