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Ralph Pontillo to be Celebrated with Memorial Ride

A Ride to Remember Ralph will take place Saturday, September 12, 2020

ERIE – Friends, family and motorcycle enthusiasts will pay tribute to Ralph Pontillo with a motorcycle ride on Saturday, September 12, 2020. The former president of the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA) and executive director of Roar on the Shore® Bike Week died September 7, 2019, the result of an allergic reaction.

The MBA and Roar on the Shore® are sponsoring the event. All proceeds will benefit the Erie County Fallen Riders Memorial Fund. The scenic ride will travel roughly 40 miles through Erie County and conclude at The Cab Bar & Grille, 5442 West Ridge Road, Erie. The route is posted on roarontheshore.com. Donation is $20 per bike.

Riders will gather Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m. at the MBA, 2171 West 38th Street at Pittsburgh Avenue, Erie. Kickstands up at noon. Note: Gatherings will follow local and state safety guidelines at the time of the event. With the donation of $20 per bike, riders will enjoy The Cab’s famous pig roast and entertainment by Stan Green.

In 2007 MBA created the Roar on the Shore® Bike Week to raise funds for worthy charities. The annual event combined a music festival and motorcycle rally that featured numerous scenic rides throughout the region. The rally drew tens of thousands of people from across the country, introducing many to Erie, Pennsylvania. The event raised nearly $1 million for organizations that help children, women, homeless men and veterans. After Pontillo’s death, the Roar on the Shore® Board of Governors suspended the event for 2020.

“Ralph Pontillo was a remarkable man,” said John Krahe, MBA president. “During his 30-year career at the Association, he worked tirelessly on behalf of employers and left an enduring mark on the business community. But he forever will be known for Roar on the Shore®. We wanted to honor him and recognize his work helping countless people – those in the business community, students, veterans, motorcycle enthusiasts, family, friends, neighbors and the scores he helped privately with no fanfare. The MBA and Roar boards decided a motorcycle ride to remember Ralph would be a fitting tribute.”

Krahe said donations from nonriders and sponsorships and are welcomed. “Ralph was instrumental in founding the Erie County Fallen Riders Memorial Fund and was passionate about helping fellow bikers’ families in need,” he said, adding that 100% of the proceeds will go to the nonprofit organization created to financially help biker families who lose a loved one in a motorcycle accident. To donate or to sponsor the memorial ride, contact Melissa Damico at 814/833-3200 or mdamico@mbausa.org.

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