ALBANY, N.Y. – In an effort to raise awareness for homeless veterans and generate donations for the Albany Housing Coalition Housing and Services for Homeless Veterans program, motorcycle riders and walkers will take to the road beginning in Schenectady and ending in Albany Saturday.
The 6th annual motorcycle run to Albany's Veterans House, sponsored by the Veterans Motorcycle Club NY Nomads and the Walmart Distribution Center, begins at the Sawmill Tavern at noon.
Event planners also invited cars to participate in the ride that will travel with police escort down Route 5, Central Avenue, to the Veterans House, located at 180 First Street. To accommodate the event, First Street from Lark to Swan streets will be closed to traffic beginning at noon and continuing through to 3 p.m.
Congressman Paul Tonko and Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings will welcome the riders at finish line.
The registration fee of $20, which goes directly to funding the coalition's mission, included a pig roast at the Sawmill following the completion of the ride. In previous years, more than 200 motorcycle riders have taken part in the ride to help maintain the care provided to former service members.
According to Joseph Sluszka, the Albany Housing Coalition Inc.'s executive director, the program provides housing and services to 75 formerly homeless veterans on any given day in the Capital Region.