Biking for Bars Raises More Than $8,000 for Charities

Forty-four restaurant and beverage industry members hit up the East Bay Bike Path and other routes to raise money for bartenders, bars, restaurants and hospitality nonprofit organizations. 
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Frank Martucci and Joe Pereira.

Throughout Rhode Island, bartender bicyclists are riding for a cause. On Monday, June 15, the United States Bartenders’ Guild (USBG) Rhode Island Chapter held its its annual “Biking for Bars” charity bike ride. Forty-four riders headed out yesterday to support eleven different charities, raising more than $8,000 and counting for the ACLU, No Kid Hungry, Foodshare and the USBG National Charity Foundation.

The ride took place throughout Rhode Island on three different routes totaling about twenty miles, including the East Bay Bike Path. USBG RI teamed up with Campari USA in an effort to raise money for bartenders, bars, restaurants and hospitality nonprofit organizations. 

Riders started their route in Bristol by the East Bay Bike Path, and groups of bicyclists were limited to six due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

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USBG National Charity Foundation President Frank Martucci says he looked forward to being able to hold the event for a third year and promote health and wellness among the members of the restaurant and bar industry in Rhode Island, Cape Cod and Connecticut. “It was so great to see many industry peers relaxing and enjoying a beautiful day on the East Bay,” he says.

“During these challenging times in our industry, we need to continue to promote health and wellness amongst all of our peers,” Martucci says. “To get outside and bike along coastal Rhode Island surely gives all of the riders a great opportunity to relax, exercise and enjoy catching up with fellow industry peers.”

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Ed Brady, Steve Brady and Ryan Draine ride for Biking for Bars.

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