Biker charity ride on June 23 to benefit Sunrise kids


On Saturday, June 23, motorcycle enthusiasts with a passion for helping children in need will take part in the fifth annual Sunrise Children’s Services  Ride & Shine event. Bikers, members of Central Kentucky churches, and Sunrise staff will gather that morning at Junction City First Baptist Church near Danville, Ky., to kick off the day’s activities:

  • 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. – Onsite Registration and Check-In
  • 10:30 a.m. – Kickstands Up
  • 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Scenic Ride, Lunch and Visits to Sunrise Programs

The church is located at 3860 US 127 near Danville. The bike route includes a stop and lunch at Sunrise’s Cumberland Adventure Program in Bronston and then back to Danville for a visit with the nearly 30 boys who live at Sunrise’s Woodlawn campus on Perryville Rd.

The $20 registration fee includes a custom Ride & Shine t-shirt and lunch; all proceeds benefit hurting children in Sunrise’s care across Kentucky. Participants can register in advance and also make additional donations at or at check-in.

This year’s event sponsors are Hager Custom Rifles and Huffman and Huffman P.S.C. The lunch is graciously being provided by Community Baptist Church in Somerset and Oak Grove Baptist Church in Monticello.

“This is a unique event that engages the biker community with our cause to help hundreds of children who are in need of care and love,” said Melissa Bailey, Sunrise’s director of marketing. “For our kids and youth who get to meet the bikers participating in this event, this is a very exciting day for them. They love getting up close to the bikes and meeting new friends who are supporting them through Sunrise’s ministry.”

For more information about event registration or other details, please contact ride coordinator Roxanne Weldon at 859.516.1236 or go to

Sunrise Children’s Services offers Kentucky’s hurting children and families a continuum of Christ-centered care, including therapeutic, residential and foster care programs for abused, abandoned, and victimized children throughout the state. Sunrise’s nonprofit ministry began in 1869 — today, it is a fully licensed behavioral health service organization helping change the lives of at-risk children throughout the Commonwealth. For more information or to learn how you can help a child in crisis, visit

Written by Melissa Bailey, Sunrise Children’s Services Marketing Director

Jake Pelfrey