Motorcycle ride to raise money for shelter

The Refuge Network is hosting its fourth annual motorcycle ride to support Black Dog Hill Shelter on Saturday, July 14.

Bikers will leave Forest Lake at 12:45 p.m. sharp for a scenic ride and gather back at Vannellis by The Lake in Forest Lake for meal and door prize drawings.

Non-riders are invited to join in the meal and raffle at 4:30 p.m.

Registration opens at 11:30 the day of the event,  or prior to the event online at

The cost is $20 for the ride, meal, and door prize ticket, or $10 for a passenger or spectator.

“We are excited to have the community’s support in helping to organize and advertise the motorcycle ride for a fourth year in a row,” said Tim MacMillan, chair of The Refuge Network board.  “Events like the Ride help us to grow support for our mission and programming.”

Opened in 2009, Black Dog Hill Shelter provides a safe refuge for up to 15 women and children.  More than 500 women and children have come there seeking shelter from family violence.

The shelter is named for a black dog that used to enjoy sleeping in the sun in a farmhouse window.

“Distance to services in rural areas often keeps victims from seeking help,” explained The Refuge Network Executive Director Roxie Karelis. “Shelters like Black Dog Hill allow battered women to seek services and keep themselves and their families safe.”

The Refuge Network, at 11878 Lake Lane in Lindstrom, serves families in East Central Minnesota.