Community Options will once again benefit from the Autism Awareness Motorcycle Ride, which will gather donations on Saturday and provide prizes under a slightly changed format.
Jimmy Gunter, the executive director of Community Options, said the 14th annual ride will start Saturday as usual at Parkland Shopping Center, with registration set for 9 a.m. and the ride beginning at 10 a.m. No fee is charged to participate, but donations are requested. T-shirts will also be on sale.
"We're doing it a little bit different this year," he said. "We're doing a ticket run. You're going to run to different places in Walker County and pick up raffle tickets. The more places you go, the more chances you have to win door prizes."
No extra fee is charged for the raffle tickets.
Traditionally a group ride has been done. "It has become more feasible to do this type of ride because it is more a self-guided ride. People can choose their own route and their own pace. They can take their time," Gunter said.
Five stops have been planned to visit in a two-hour period, he said. Other stops will be made in the areas of Cordova, Dora, north of Jasper and Curry.
Gunter said, "I want to do more stops next year, but since this is their first year we have decided to keep it simple, as this type of ride in this area is new to a lot of folks."
The last stop will be between noon and 1 p.m. at Handley's Western Wear in Jasper, where they will get their last chance to pick up a raffle ticket. Steak sandwiches will be served at no extra cost for the riders. At 1 p.m. the prizes will be drawn.
The general public who opts not to ride can come by Handley's between noon and 1 p.m. and donate funds, Gunter said, noting many people do that.