Thunder, Metal and Compassion: Sunrise ‘Ride & Shine’ Motorcycle Event Benefits Hurting Children

Ride and Shine

On Sunday, June 12, Sunrise Children’s Services will reprise an event that’s become a rallying point for motorcycle enthusiasts and others who want to help Kentucky’s abused and neglected children. Bikers, members of central Kentucky churches and Sunrise staff will join forces for the third annual Sunrise Children’s Services Ride & Shine rally.

Registration is set for 10 a.m. at Junction City First Baptist Church on Highway 127 in Danville, followed by an 11 a.m. worship service. The procession will begin its 120-mile journey at 12:30 p.m. and head for Sunrise’s Cumberland Adventure Program near Bronston before returning to Danville for a visit to the agency’s Woodlawn Center campus.

A registration fee of $20 includes a custom Ride & Shine t-shirt, with proceeds going to Sunrise. Participants can also register and make additional donations at Donations also can be made via kiosks at the church during onsite registration.

“This has become one of our most eagerly anticipated outreach activities,” said Christi Moffett, Sunrise’s senior director of marketing. “We’ve gotten tremendous responses the first two years, and we fully expect that the folks who have made past Ride & Shines successful will turn out again to help benefit Kentucky’s most vulnerable children.”

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

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.


Written by Chris Jones, Sunrise Associate Director of Communications.

Jake Pelfrey