Motorcycle ride benefits NAMI
The third annual Suicide Awareness Benefit Ride was held Saturday, July 20 leaving from the Wauseon VFW for a 70 mile ride with some of the proceeds benefitting NAMI Four County. The ride, organized by Julie Deeds (front cycle, top photo), her son Justin on the bike next to her, and their friends, is held in memory of Dennis Deeds, Julie's husband. At least 32 motorcycles participated in this year's ride, which included a silent auction, raffles and a 50/50 drawing. Thanks to Julie and all of the riders!! The final amount of money raised won't be known until early August as some late donations are still expected. However, more than $3,500 has been raised so far. The net proceeds will be split between NAMI Four County, the Defiance County KAVIC program to assist veterans in crisis, and the Maumee Valley Guidance Center's veterans outreach program. Check back in mid-August for a final tally on the amount of money raised.