This will be a very special sendoff full of fanfare.
A caravan of motorcycles, rare cars and trucks known as the FL2CT event of the Dream Ride will travel from PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens to Farmington, Connecticut, hitting six small towns along the way, over the course of a week. Their purpose: to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics, as well as military veterans, pet rescues and children in need.
The sendoff for 43 riders will be 7:30 to 9 a.m. Saturday. They’ll leave at 9 a.m. sharp.
“We call it the ‘Dream Ride Experience’ because it is not just an event, but a true experience for all involved,” grocery store magnate Michael A. Bozzuto, a grocery industry magnate who started the fundraiser as a motorcycle ride with some friends, said in a news release.
There will be music by DJ Korey’s Krew, the blessing of the bikes by Rev. Michael Cairnes and a sendoff by the John I. Leonard High School marching band and cheerleaders. There will also be a police escort. The Special Olympics athletes that the ride benefits are the focus of festivities.
When they arrive in Connecticut, there will be a three-day “extravaganza” at the Farmington Polo Club known as the Dream Ride Experience. More than 100 Special Olympics athletes come from across the U.S. More than 4,000 bikers convene there, according to a news release.
To donate or volunteer, visit dreamride.org or call 561-310-6591.