Monday July 2, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- For the 17th time in as many years, Berkshire County motorcycle riders will converge and ride in masse to raise money for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.

The 17th Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride Sunday is scheduled for Sunday, July 15. Bike registration begins on North Street at 9 a.m. Bikes will leave North Street at 11 a.m. and end their drive at Onota Lake. From there the public is invited to Controy Pavilion for food, music and a day of fun from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. The event at Onota Lake is free and families with children are welcome.

All proceeds from the Jimmy's Ride will benefit Berkshire County Kids' Place & Violence Prevention Center Inc., an accredited Children's Advocacy Center providing intervention, prevention and treatment services for victims of child abuse and domestic violence in Berkshire County.

Jimmy Bernardo was born Aug. 13, 1978, and was abducted from a local movie theater on Oct. 20, 1990. A month later, his body was found in Ithaca, NY. Three and a half years later, the Pittsfield Police arrested a suspect who eventually pleaded guilty to murdering Jimmy. This man, Louis Lent, is now serving life in prison for his crimes.

Last year, about 160 riders raised more than $25,000.

Berkshire County Kids' Place will feature a raffle for a chance to win a $5,000 vacation voucher through the Berkshire Travel Group. The raffle drawing will take place the day of the race.


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Tickets for the raffle will cost $10 each and can be purchased at Berkshire County Kids' Place & Violence Prevention Center, Inc.

For more information, (413) 499-2800.