EVART\u00a0-\u00a0Motorcycle enthusiasts and community members will gather to raise\u00a0awareness against domestic violence during the Eighth annual Mary's Dream\u00a0Ride Against Domestic Violence this weekend. On Saturday, Aug. 9, the riders will depart from Mount Pleasant and travel\u00a0to the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds in Evart. The event not only\u00a0raises awareness and funds for local women's shelters and services, but also\u00a0honors the memory of a Mount Pleasant resident who lost her life to domestic\u00a0violence. Mary Babb, an advertising representative with the Morning Sun Publishing\u00a0Company, was murdered by her husband on Jan. 9, 2007, in the company\u00a0parking lot in Mount Pleasant. The fundraiser was created by Babb's godfather\u00a0to raise money for her son's education. Organizer Beth Mills said the event now attracts bikers from all over the\u00a0state and raises approximately $4,000 each year. The money raised benefits\u00a0several local organizations dedicated to serving women and children, including\u00a0WISE, Women's Aid Service Inc. in Alma and the Barbara Kettle Gundlach\u00a0Shelter in Calumet. "If shelters have a repair that needs to be done, we like to go in and make sure\u00a0everything is being kept up," Mills said. "We just try to make sure the shelters\u00a0stay safe for the women and children who need them." Mills was Babb's coworker at the Morning Sun as well as a close friend. She\u00a0said Babb's death remains important to the community and to her coworkers,\u00a0who have placed a cross with Babb's name on it outside the building. "That day is pretty instilled in me and my coworkers," Mills said. "I certainly\u00a0wouldn't want to live through that as her son did. It was hard enough to live it\u00a0the way I did, with a beautiful coworker being murdered the way she was." Mills said organizers of the motorcycle ride work year-round to spread the\u00a0word about Babb's story and the prevalence of domestic violence, attending\u00a0festivals and parades in the area as often as they can. The event is open to any motorcycle rider as well as community members who\u00a0want to show support. Registration to ride will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday in\u00a0the Morning Sun parking lot in Mount Pleasant. Riders will begin their journey\u00a0at 11 a.m. and will arrive at the fairgrounds in Evart around noon. Registration\u00a0is $25. A lunch will be served in the community building on the grounds for $9 and is\u00a0open to the public. Mills said community members are encouraged to follow\u00a0the bikes to Evart and line the roads to show their support for the riders. Last year, the event attracted about 60 motorcyclists, and Mills hopes to see\u00a0around 100 in attendance this year. More than anything, she hopes those who\u00a0attend will understand the importance of being kind to one another. "Our main focus is to bring awareness to domestic violence," Mills said. "We all need to stick together and we all need to encourage each other. In Mary's memory, we will continue working on that cause to bring awareness and if we can help just one person a year, I think we've done a good thing."