PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire County motorcycle riders gathered in the city Sunday for the 18th Annual Jimmy Bernardo Memorial Ride in an effort to raise awareness and money for victims of child abuse and domestic violence.
Bikes left 1 North Street at 11 a.m. and ended their drive at Onota Lake Pavillion. Riders and community members then celebrated the event's efforts with live music, raffle drawings and beer.
All proceeds from the ride benefit Berkshire County Kids' Place & Violence Prevention Center Inc., an accredited program that provides intervention, prevention and treatment services for victims of child and domestic violence in Berkshire County.
The event is named after Jimmy Bernardo, who was abducted from an area movie theater in 1990. Shortly after, his body was discovered in Ithaca, NY. The Pittsfield Police arrested Louis Lent years later. Lent is now serving a life sentence.