The Windsor Star’s Dave Battagello reports that the Bob Probert Ride, which wasn’t formally held due to the coronavirus pandemic this past June, is still celebrating a significant milestone via hitting a charitable mile-marker:
The Bob Probert Ride annually attracts more than 1,000 motorcycle riders and has raised up to $160,000 each year for cardiac care in Windsor and Essex County operated under Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.
But this year, the popular fundraiser was postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
That didn’t stop the Probert family — plus lead event sponsors Unifor Locals 444 and 2458, plus Thunder Road — from coming up with the idea this year to stage a raffle for a new 2020 Harley-Davidson Road Glide motorcycle as a replacement.
The winning ticket was drawn Saturday outside Tecumseh Arena with an expectation to raise at least $20,000 after expenses under the Probert Ride banner — now in its 10th year — to go toward cardiac care and rehabilitation, according to Bill Marra, vice-president of external affairs for Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital.
The motorcycle fundraiser overall in its history has raised well beyond $1 million.
“The Probert event has been integral for us,” Marra said. “It has allowed us to invest $500,000 into angioplasty when we were still on Ouellette. Then when we moved to Prince Road it helped purchase all of the equipment for our 10,000 sq. ft. cardiac rehab facility.