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5th Annual Quiet Corner Charity Motorcycle Ride held June 25th

Plainfield, CT – Hundreds of motorcycle riders came together Sunday and raised $2,500 for United Services Domestic Violence Program at the 5th Annual Big Five Charity Ride at the Plainfield VFW.

The Big Five, established in 2012, is committed to giving back to our local community by organizing an annual motorcycle ride to benefit local domestic violence programs.

Big Five Charity Ride Organizer April Wojcik said this year’s fundraising total nearly doubled last year’s event.

United Services’ Domestic Violence Program provides the only domestic violence shelters and services in Northeastern Connecticut and offers a wide array of services designed to respond to the needs of victims and their children throughout their journey to become free of abuse. In Connecticut, 41,446 victims were served by domestic violence relief programs in 2015.

“We are grateful to The Big Five Charity Ride and everyone who came out to enjoy a great day,” said Diane L. Manning, United Services President/CEO. “United Services works every day to end domestic violence and it is gratifying to see so many people stepping up to help raise awareness for this important issue.”

This year’s 5th Anniversary the Big Five Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride was held at the Plainfield VFW Post 5446 and included a scenic 45 mile ride through Eastern CT, a BBQ Chicken Dinner, live music, and vendors.

“The Big Five would like to say a special thank you to the Motorcycle Community, sponsors, vendors, staff, Road Guards and United Services for this opportunity to help give back to an incredible organization,” Wojcik said.

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About United Services Domestic Violence Program

United Services Domestic Violence Program was founded in 1978 and remains the only provider of domestic violence services and shelter in the areas served. The goal of the Domestic Violence Program is to provide 24/7 access to emergency shelter for women and children in crisis, as well as to provide counseling, advocacy, social service and case management services to both sheltered and non-sheltered women (and their children) who are working to become free of an abusive relationship and rebuild their lives in a safe, healthy environment. The program operates two 24/7 shelters in confidential locations, as well as a 24/7 hotline. Education about and prevention of domestic violence as well as advocacy for domestic violence legislation and community activism are also major goals of the program, in an effort to break the pervasive cycle of violence that, without intervention, will continue to persist within the families and communities we serve.