Kickstands up: Ride & Shine motorcycle event to benefit Sunrise kids

Ride and Shine

On Sunday, June 4, motorcycle enthusiasts with a passion for helping abused children will take part in the fourth annual Sunrise Children’s Services Ride & Shine event. Bikers, members of Central Kentucky churches, and Sunrise staff will gather at Junction City First Baptist Church on Highway 27 near Danville, Ky., to kick off the day’s activities:

  • 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Onsite Registration and Check In
  • 11:00 a.m. – Worship Service
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch Provided
  • 12:30 p.m. – Kickstands Up
  • 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Scenic Ride and Visit to Sunrise Facilities

The rally’s bike route includes a prayer stop at Sunrise`s Cumberland Adventure Program (CAP) in Bronston, then on to the final destination, the agency’s Woodlawn campus in Danville. A special prayer ceremony will be held Sunday evening after the last biker arrives at Woodlawn.

The $20 registration fee includes a custom Ride & Shine t-shirt and lunch; all proceeds go to benefit children in Sunrise’s care across Kentucky. Participants can register in advance and also make additional donations at, or via giving kiosks at the church during onsite registration.

“Ride & Shine gains momentum each year, and this a very special day for the children and youth at our CAP and Woodlawn residential homes because they’re so excited to meet the riders and see the motorcycles up close,” said Melissa Bailey, Sunrise associate director of communications. “We count on this event to bring in funding to support these Sunrise kids and families. All motorcyclists are encouraged to join us for a fun-filled day of riding and fellowship.”

A rain date for the benefit ride has been set for Sunday, June 11.

For more information about rally registration or other event details, please contact ride coordinator Roxanne Weldon at 859.516.1236; Rev. Choe Sergent, senior pastor, Junction City First Baptist Church, at 859.324.5975; 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, call 1.800.456.1386.

Written by Melissa Bailey, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey