By Frank Denzler Rushville Republican
---- — With an Indiana State Police escort, Governor Mike Pence led more than 500 ABATE members on a 100-mile, multiple county charity trek Friday. The first stop for the group was North Veterans Memorial Park in Rushville where the Governor was greeted by Mayor Mike Pavey. Following a brief message, the entourage again took to the road and headed to Connersville, where the governor announced that a new business would soon move into the former Visteon location in the coming months.
What has become an annual charity fundraising event for ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education); members raised funds through this year’s event for the National Guard Relief Fund. ABATE members comprise roughly 13 percent of all registered motorcyclist in the state and a membership of nearly 25,000.
The annual Ride with the Governor began nine years ago by then Governor Mitch Daniels, an avid motorcyclist, and the tradition has been continued by Pence. It was reported that Pence, who has not been a regular motorcycle rider, took riding lessons and borrowed the motorcycle he rode Friday.
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