The Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) will hold its 21st Annual Teddy Bear Ride on Sunday, Oct. 27. More than 1,000 motorcycle riders will load their bikes with teddy bears and take to the street to support the fight against child abuse. This year’s ride features a new, longer route starting at IKEA in Frisco and ending at Quaker Steak and Lube.
The cost of participation is $10 per rider plus a new teddy bear (which can be purchased at IKEA). Registration can be completed at www.caccollincounty.org or on the morning of the ride at IKEA beginning at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast will be proudly provided by IKEA, and the escorted ride will depart at 9:45 a.m.
The supply of teddy bears is used to restock the Teddy Bear Room at the CACCC. Each child is given a bear as they leave the CACCC after telling their traumatic story.
The Teddy Bear Ride is not only the most well known bike ride in Collin County, but is also the CACCC’s longest standing fundraiser. All teddy bears and monetary donations will benefit the mission of providing safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect.
"It’s nice to know that the bears collected during this ride go directly to children who are in need of a fuzzy hug and the funds help us continue to ensure every child who comes through our front doors receives the free services they need to heal," said Melanie Carroll, CACCC Vice President of Development.
Longtime supporter and Teddy Bear Ride Participant, Dave Kellaway carried 134 bears on his bike last year, 125 of which were donated to the children’s center.
"These bears are the forefront of a child’s fight," said Kellaway. "The beginning of something good and happy in their life…If I can bring that to a child it makes me feel good."
The bikers will pull into Quaker Steak and Lube around 10:30 a.m. where the Collin County community is encouraged to join the party for an afternoon of live music, food and family fun! A portion of the days proceeds from Quaker Steak and Lube will go back to the CACCC. This year’s event is presented by Consolidated Armor Products, LLC., and proud sponsors include: IKEA, JCPenney, Rent-A-Center, Quaker Steak and Lube and Dell.
Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County, a non-profit 501(c)3, opened its doors in 1992. The Center’s mission is to provide safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect. The Center has offered free services to over 50,000 children in the Collin County community. For more information visit www.caccollincounty.org or call 972-633-6600.