State Senator & Local News Anchor Named 2007 Grand Marshals

State Senator & Local News Anchor Named 2007 Grand Marshals

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State Senator & Local News Anchor Named 2007 Grand Marshals

     HARTFORD, Conn. TSI Harley-Davidson/Buell in Ellington, Conn., a partner with the Greater Connecticut Chapter for many years, has been named the 2007 MS Motorcycle Ride presenting sponsor. This increasingly popular ride will take place on Sunday, July 22, kick-starting at 11 a.m. from the Ellington dealership and finishing at Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, Conn. Last year more than 1,200 bikers donned leather, uniting tires to pavement and hearts to a cause. State Senator Edith G. Prague and WFSB Eyewitness News 3 anchor Kevin Hogan have been named the 2007 Grand Marshals.

RICHPRAGUE“My sister-in-law passed away as a result of complications related to multiple sclerosis,” said the 81-year-old politician, who first joined the ride three years ago when family friend and former business associate Peter Rich suggested she ride with him to show her political detractors that although older in years, she was and is still energetic, full of life and young at heart. “We need to keep fighting until we find a cure. This year’s motorcycle ride is one way to join in the fight, and I’m rarin’ to go!”

Senator Edith Prague, a resident of Columbia, Conn., and biker Peter Rich, a native of Storrs, Conn., are featured on the 2007 event brochure and poster, which highlights their participation in the 2006 MS Motorcycle Ride. Rich, 67, a U.S. Navy veteran and the owner of three motorcycles, will be riding the limited edition 2007 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic Patriot model, reserved for military personnel and veterans only.

“Edith enjoys giving back to the community,” said Rich, who has been participating in the MS Motorcycle Ride since its inception six years ago. “She has a lot of energy. She’s just a kid at heart. I, too, am involved in charity work and look for opportunities to get involved.”

The July benefit ride traverses a 40-mile route through Connecticut’s breathtaking countryside, coming to rest at Hebron Lions Fairgrounds in Hebron, Conn., where participants are treated to a down home barbeque, live entertainment, vendors and drawings.

Multiple sclerosis is a potentially debilitating autoimmune disease affecting the central nervous system. The cause is unknown and there currently is no cure. Funds raised through chapter events, such as the MS Motorcycle Ride, ensure ongoing scientific research to find a cure and the continuation of vital programs and services offered by the chapter to more than 6,000 Connecticut residents diagnosed with MS.

Pre-registration is available online at http://www.ctfightsms.org/. Pre-registration will also be available at TSI Harley Davidson/Buell, located at 398 Somers Road in Ellington, Conn., on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, July 22, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There is a $20 fee for riders and a $20 fee for passengers. The event is open to spectators and visitors with a $10 donation for Hebron Lions Fairgrounds finish line festivities only.

Sponsors include TSI Harley-Davidson/Buell in Ellington, WFSB-TV Eyewitness News 3, The Rock 106.9 WCCC and Connecticut Cruise News.

For more details on the 2007 MS Motorcycle Ride, presented by TSI Harley-Davidson/Buell Ellington, please got to http://www.ctfightsms.org/ or call (860) 714-2300, ext. 241.

 

6/20/07

 

CUTLINE: Storrs, Conn., native Peter Rich and State Senator Edith Prague, a resident of Columbia, Conn., saddle up in support of the 2006 MS Motorcycle Ride, which raised more than $35,000. The pair is featured on 2007 promotional materials and are already revvin’ up for the MS Motorcycle Ride, this year presented by TSI Harley-Davidson/Buell, located in Ellington. Photo courtesy of www.creativecapturesofCT.com.

 

Karen E. Butler
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Greater Connecticut Chapter
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