The Scoop: SPARK 2014 Buddy Run

This past Saturday marked the 6th Annual Buddy Run. The event is sponsored by the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club—the Club rode to honor a fallen member and then returned to SPARK for a community festival with concessions, music, raffles and family friendly activities, such as face painting and pony rides. There were over 100 riders present for the 2 hour long, police escorted ride to Buddy Brown’s gravesite and back. The event was held to support the hard work of the SPARK Center.

The SPARK Center is doing vital work for at risk children and their families at a critical time. We were proud to be able to do our part to help them achieve their mission. Lila Tocci

The SPARK Center combines medical care with education to help Boston’s highest-risk children to build brighter tomorrows. SPARK (Supporting Parents and Resilient Kids) makes long-term investments in fragile children—helping them to believe in themselves, make healthy choices, cope with emotional problems, achieve in school and gain success as adults. Most of the children at the SPARK Center live in poverty, with parents and caregivers who struggle daily to maintain the integrity of their families.

We are so pleased that John, Lila, and the Tocci team were able to join us for our 6th Annual “Buddy Run.” Their event sponsorship and attendance in the ride is yet another indication of their passion for helping at risk children and supporting the important work of the SPARK Center. Barbara Hughes (Program/Events Coordinator at the SPARK Center)

Click here to learn more about how Tocci and SPARK Center are collaborating.

John speaking to the crowd about the SPARK Center

John applauds SPARK’s therapeutic work with vulnerable children.

Barbara Hughes thanking the participants.

Barabara Hughes, Program/Events Coordinator for SPARK, thanks participants and psyches up the crowd for the day’s events.

Mark admiring hot rod.

Mark’s next hot rod?

Jason with his motorcycle.

Jason Goodwin’s ready to ride!

Buffalo Soldiers preparing their bikes.

Buffalo Soldiers prepare to lead the pack.

Women riders and their Ducatis!

Women riders and their Ducatis!

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