19th Annual Live Ride aims to help foster kids

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) Around 100 bikers left House of Harley Davidson in Spenard to the Mat-Su Valley to raise money to help foster children on Saturday.

As part of the 19th annual Live Ride event, proceeds will go to Beacon Hill, a community foster care and adoption center.

The House of Harley Davidson donated a bike to be raffled off for the event.

Dia Matteson, owner of House of Harley Davidson, said the goal this year was to donate to a group that helps Alaskans.

"This year we opened it up to allow applications so we went through probably 10 to 12 applications and Beacon Hill impacts kids here in our community and we really wanted to focus on a charity that was impacting our community," Matteson said.

Charity Carmody, with Beacon Hill said the group operates on an estimated $300,000 a year budget and they're hoping to raise $40,000 on Saturday.

"It'll help us run our Safe Families for children program, which is our prevention program to foster care and then also the Heart Gallery of Alaska, which is the piece that recruits for adoptive homes for kids who are not gonna be return home to their biological families," Carmody said.

Carmody said there are around 3200 children in the foster care system in Alaska.

Last year, the Live Ride event brought in around $30,000.

Matteson said as of Saturday morning they had raised around $25,000, but the final tally wouldn't be known until later.

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