Connecticut Law Firm Trantolo & Trantolo is the Presenting Sponsor for the Fourth Petit Family Foundation Ride for Justice

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With Hartford-based law firm Trantolo & Trantolo as the Presenting Sponsor, the Fourth Ride for Justice will be raising funds in support of Petit Family Foundation on September 29, 2013.

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Scheduled for September 29, 2013, the Fourth Ride for Justice supports the initiatives and goals of the Petit Family Foundation, and has grown since its start in 2010, with more participants expected for 2013. Connecticut law firm Trantolo & Trantolo is the Presenting Sponsor, with Atty. Vincent Trantolo assisting with the initial motorcycle ride in 2010.

The ride starts from St. Paul Catholic High School in Bristol, Conn., with registration held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Once departing at 11:30 a.m., the motorcycle ride travels along a scenic route going through areas with optimal fall foliage, including Bristol, Burlington, Harwinton, Terryville, Wolcott, and Plantsville. Riders finish at Bozzuto’s Food Distribution Center in Cheshire, Conn., for an Outback Steakhouse-style BBQ meal.

Face4Radio will provide entertainment starting at 9 a.m. at St. Paul High School, while The Happening! is scheduled to perform at Bozzuto’s at 12:30 p.m.

The first ride began on September 26, 2010, the day Jennifer Hawke-Petit would have turned 52. Petit Family Foundation committee chair Ron Catucci and friend Keith Stack started planning, with assistance from Atty. Trantolo, a long-time friend of the Petit family. For this first event, the law firm assisted with organization, including getting help from Yankee Harley Davidson and Bozzuto’s. 3,000 riders and participants came out for the first ride, with more expected for 2013.

In remembrance of Hawke-Petit and daughters Hayley Elizabeth and Michaela Rose Petit, the Petit Family Foundation strives to do as many good actions as possible and to replace evil in the world with activism, idealism, and kindness. The organization has held events since 2007 to raise funds to assist with the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to help those affected by chronic illness; and to protect victims of violent crime.

The Petit Family Foundation’s events have raised funds for scholarships and other efforts since 2007: scholarships for the Cheshire Academy, Miss Porter’s School, Chase Collegiate School, and Sharon General Hospital; an annual award for the Cheshire Academy in honor of Jennifer; a garden at the former Petit home; a gazebo in Norton Park in Plainville; a fund created for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Connecticut Chapter; Hayley’s Hope and Michaela’s Miracle MS Fund, a scholarship program for students living with MS or with parents living with MS that funds family and caregiver education and respite programs; and the Hayley and Michaela Petit MS Youth Award. Previously, proceeds from the Ride for Justice went toward Manes & Motion, Hospital for Special Care, a therapeutic riding center.

Interested participants have a chance to register online at PetitFamilyFoundation.org. Prices are $30 per rider on the day of the event and $15 per passenger. For walk-ins at Bozzuto’s, there is also a $15 charge.

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