On May 18, motorcycle riders will be passing through the area in a “Ride Against Child Abuse”  event benefiting the Center for Family Justice.

The 50-mile ride will pass through Bethel, Bridgeport, Fairfield, Easton, Monroe, Newtown, Redding and Trumbull. Riders can register at the center’s headquarters, 753 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, between 9 and 11 a.m., where they pick up their first of five poker cards. Subsequent stops are:

• Card No. 2, Redding Fire House No. 1, 186 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding, 18.9 miles.

• Card No. 3, Monroe Town Hall, 7 Fan Hill Road, Monroe, 43.1 miles.

• Card No. 4, Trumbull Town Hall, 5866 Main St., Trumbull, 49.2 miles.

• Card No. 5, Germania Schwaben Club, 416 Horace St., Bridgeport, for a total 54.5 mile ride.

The ride should take 90 minutes to two hours — which includes stops. Participants should meet at the Germania Schwaben Club no later than 2 p.m. to show their poker hand. In addition to lunch, which will be served from noon to 2:30 p.m., the Germania Schwaben Club stop will also include prizes and raffles.

Committee members are Fred Garrity, Jr., executive director of the CT United Ride; Kevin Hammel, a former detective in the Trumbull Police Department; Bruce Martin of AmericanCustom.com;  Dave Peck, former chief of the Fairfield Police Department; Art Reid, deputy chief of the Fairfield Fire Department, Bob Schwartz of the Trumbull Police Department, as well as  Paul Ferencz, Mike Rebar and Andy Semon of the Germania Schwaben Club.

Cost is $25 per rider, $15 per passenger, which includes lunch. Non-riders can pay $15 for lunch at the Germania Schwaben Club.

For more information, contact Garrity at 203-852-5046 or Sarah Lubarsky at 203-334-6154 or slubarsky@cwfefc.org. Preregistration is not required.

About the center

The Center for Family Justice Inc. (formerly The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County Inc.), brings all domestic and sexual violence and child abuse services – crisis intervention, police, prosecutors, civil/legal providers, counseling – under one roof, in our headquarters in Bridgeport.

It provides free, confidential, bilingual crisis services in Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull. It is the comprehensive services our partners are providing that are streamlining the road to healing and self-sufficiency.

The center answers more than 2,000 calls on a 24-hour crisis hotline; assists with the civil and criminal court processes for more than 3,000 survivors of domestic violence; responds to more than 300 survivors of sexual assault and their families; provides a safe home for more than 100 women and children fleeing domestic abuse; and coordinates the investigations of more than 100 cases of child sexual and severe physical abuse, developing service plans for the young survivors and their families.

Additionally, the center educates the community to prevent future abuse. Annually, we teach more than 7,000 children and teens about how to build healthy relationships, stop bullying and prevent dating violence.

For more information, visit www.CenterForFamilyJustice.org.