Mary's Dream Ride roars into Evart on July 28

MOUNT PLEASANT — Mid-Michigan bikers will ride from Mount Pleasant to Evart next month in an effort to raise awareness and money for domestic violence organizations.

The sixth annual Mary’s Dream Ride Against Domestic Violence will roar out of Mount Pleasant at 11 a.m. on July 28 to honor of Mary Babb, an Evart mother and victim of domestic violence.

Mary Babb was murdered by her estranged husband, Thomas Babb, in 2007 in the parking lot of the Morning Sun. Thomas Babb was sentenced to 50 to 70 years in prison for Mary’s murder. In 2008, then-Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed Mary’s Law, which allows judges to require domestic violence suspects to wear a GPS device that will send an alarm to the victim if the abuser is nearby.

For the past six years, Mary’s Dream Ride has raised money for both domestic violence organizations in Michigan and to start an education fund for Mary’s son, Sam. Since 2011, all proceeds for the ride have been donated to women’s shelters.

Bikers can register to ride the day of the rally beginning at 9 a.m. or by sending a check to Mary’s Dream, P.O. Box 83, Weidman, MI. 48893. The cost is $25 per bike.

Bikers will depart from the parking lot of the Morning Sun, located at 711 W. Pickard St. in Mount Pleasant. The 45-mile ride will take them north to Rosebush and Clare before they travel west to Farwell and Evart, where they will put their kick stands down at Evart’s Moose Lodge, located at 8400 U.S. 10.

A pulled pork and chicken dinner will be served at the Evart Moose Lodge to anyone who wishes to attend, even if they didn’t participate in the ride. Dinner is $9 per person and is not included in the price of ride registration. Meal tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the lodge. Those unable to purchase a ticket ahead of time should RSVP for dinner by calling Beth at (989) 644-3257 or Ed at (231) 734-5299.

For more information on Mary’s Dream Ride, visit marysdream2008.org.