INDIANAPOLIS, IN (August 12, 2022) – Motorcycle enthusiasts from across Indiana are invited to ride in the inaugural "Stands Up for Recovery" ride on Saturday, August 20. Organized by Renegade Recovery, the ride begins and ends at The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center at 2400 N. Tibbs Avenue in Indianapolis. Proceeds from the event will fund need-based scholarships for those seeking addiction treatment at the Harbor Light Center.
Tickets for the event will be sold on site the day of the event with registration opening at 10:00 a.m. in front of the Harbor Light Center. The cost is $25 per bike and tickets include a lunch prepared by volunteers and Harbor Light staff.
In addition to food, riders and non-riders are invited to enjoy live music, games, and shopping from a variety of vendors that will be on site. Kickstands go up at noon and riders will enjoy a 2-hour trip exploring west-central Indiana.
Renegade Recovery was founded in January 2020 by Maston Willis as a clean and sober motorcycle group focused on recovery outreach fellowship. Its membership continues to grow and includes those who live 100% alcohol and drug free, those in recovery, and those who have lost loved ones to overdose.
"Being a Harbor Light alumnus myself, I'm just ever thankful and grateful to The Salvation Army and Harbor Light," said Willis. "They took me in in 1992 for my first ever treatment experience in my life. I had nothing and was coming straight out of the Marian County Jail into the program."
Since Renegade Recovery's inception, Willis has worked closely with Harbor Light staff to get those seeking treatment into the program with the help of funds raised by the group, but he wanted to do more.
"I prayed about it and prayed about it, and God put it on my heart to do an event where we could develop a scholarship program to have money available to help folks get into detox. We thought the best way to do it would be to get the community energized and involved to come together and support a bigger event like this," added Willis.
The Salvation Army Harbor Light Center helped 927 men and women last year in their fight to break the bonds of addiction. The facility offers comprehensive addiction treatment, including medically supervised withdrawal management, residential treatment, transitional housing, an intensive outpatient program, parenting and work-ready courses, and opportunities for spiritual healing. It recently celebrated 20 years at its current location on Tibbs Avenue.
Stands Up for Recovery kicks off National Recovery Month, which is celebrated each September. For more information about participating in the ride, Renegade Recovery can be reached at 317-739-9219. Vendors can still reserve space at the event to sell t-shirts, leather goods, food, and arts and crafts items. Anyone interested should contact Wanda Miller at 317-224-0926.