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Bikers Ride For Addiction Recovery This Weekend

Bikers at the 2012 Ride for Recovery. (Credit: Livengrin)

Bikers at the 2012 Ride for Recovery. (Credit: Livengrin)

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By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Keep your fingers crossed for good weather this Sunday (June 2) for an annual motorcycle ride and picnic that’s both a fund-raiser and potential fund-giver.

The annual Ride for Recovery benefits the Livengrin Foundation’s network of drug and alcohol treatment centers.  Every year, hundreds of sober bikers gather for a ride through Bucks County, this year with a focus on covered bridges and an optional South Jersey start for those so inclined.

Recovering alcoholic Ralph from Yardley doesn’t ride (he gets his kicks through recovery softball) but helps with picnic set-up and raffle ticket sales, along with most of his team.

“It’s our way of giving back for a lot of reasons, mainly because for a lot of us Livengrin introduced us to a new way of life.  A lot of us are alumni and felt very much part of Livengrin and it’s just in our nature to want to give back to somebody who helped us.”

The top prize is either a Harley or $7500, so Ralph says he has no trouble unloading his consignment of $10 tickets.

“Most people do it for a good cause.  Some people just do it because they like to buy raffle tickets.  I have a lot of the same people, year after year, when are you going to have those raffle tickets.  I usually sell 35 to 50 myself.”

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