Save the Tatas benefit ride

Eclectic resident and event organizer Helen Phillips hopes this year’s ride is the ‘best ever.’

The 2019 Save the Tatas benefit motorcycle ride to benefit breast cancer research is scheduled July 20.

Helen Phillips of Eclectic created the benefit ride nine years ago as way to combine her love for biking with her love for charity. Last year it raised $9,206 and has raised more than $65,000 for the Joy to Life Foundation since its inception.

“I hope this year is the best ever,” Phillips said.

Event organizers said this year’s ride will begin at Harley Davidson of Montgomery with registration at 9:30 a.m. and kickstands going up at 11 a.m. This year’s stop will be at the Thirsty Turtle and the final stop will be at the VFW of Wetumpka. 

During the event, entertainment will be provided by DJ LULU from noon to 3 p.m., followed by Jeff Roberts and James Darden from 3 to 6 p.m. Boston butts will be available.

The event draws participants from around the state and it’s personal for Phillips.

“I started this ride because of my mama,” she said. “It continues to grow because of so many of you that believes in the cause. Joy to Life foundation does a lot for women and men throughout the state.”

The Joy to Life Foundation has a mission to provide free mammograms and other breast cancer screenings when necessary to medically underserved women in Alabama, provide limited grants when needed, build and support breast cancer awareness among all Alabamians and promote overall health, well-being and education throughout the state.

To register, call 334-531-2715 or visit the Facebook Save the Tatas Benefit Ride page.