Ride to benefit Wounded Warrior Project July 19
A motorcycle ride to honor the memory of a Frankfort native will be held Saturday, July 19, to bring awareness to PTSD and to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and/or Semper Fi.
The event, "Ryan's Ride," is being organized by Raye Rolston again this year, whose son-in-law, Master Sgt. Ryan Love, took his life after serving 16 years in the United States Marine Corp. During his career, Love did seven tours outside the country and was living in California with his wife and daughter at the time of his death. Love was from Frankfort and graduated from Searsport District High School.
"He was just the greatest husband, father, son-in-law, brother, and son", Rolston said. "He had a big heart". Raye said after Love's passing, she received a call from her nephew, Cleon Buzzell, who suggested organizing a motorcycle ride, which she agreed to do. Both teamed up with the help of friends and family to bring last year's ride together.
This year's ride will start in Searsport at Steamboat Mobile on Route 1, July 19 with a July 20 rain date. It is scheduled to depart at 10 a.m., ride to Brewster's in Brewer, and ending at Rolston's home located at 64 Station Street in Stockton Springs where food, snacks and homemade goodies will be served. There will be raffles, an auction, music and more. Last year 118 bikes left Steamboat Sunoco with 98 bikes returning to Rolston's.
While Rolston hopes to raise awareness about PTSD and raise money for Wounded Warrior Project, she does so as a means of keeping Love's memory alive and as a way to give back to the community. "I plan to do this ride every year," Rolston said.
Raye said she would like to give a big thank you to her dear friend Tammy Tracy for all she does for Ryan's Ride. Another big thanks goes to her sister Rhonda Maddocks for all she does and "allowing us to use her yard, pool, and cooking skills."
"Due to the generosity of all whom contributed donations, money, raffle items, food, all the help from friends and family near and far, and all that participated in last year's event, we raised almost $8000," Raye said. "Which we thankfully and respectfully sent to Wounded Warrior Project."
Participants are encouraged to pre-register for the event and non-bikers are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.
A June 12 fundraiser at Angler's (Searsport, Hampden, and Newport) was attended by several classic car owners who brought their classic rides and helped raise over $600 towards Ryan's Ride.
A car wash has been held and yard sale at the residence of the late Marie Dow has also taken place. Another car wash at Steamboat Sunoco in Searsport is set for this Sunday, July 13, and M/T Bottles on the Mt. Ephraim Road in Searsport is accepting donations of returnables, paying 6 cents a bottle for the month of July. Bottles can be dropped off Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call Tammy to pick up your donated bottles at 930-0822 if you would like to donate and are unable to drop off.
For more information on the ride, contact Raye at 322-7276, Cleon at (321) 482-7498, or Tammy at 930-0822; leave a message or send a text. Also visit Ryan's Ride on Facebook.