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Joyous tribute to Molly ...



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Magi Bish waves and blows kisses to supporters as she takes off near the front of the pack during the 11th annual Molly’s Ride for Child Safety in honor of her late daughter. Christopher Tanguay. (click for larger version)
June 27, 2010
STURBRIDGE — Despite the heat and humidity, there was plenty of denim and leather at the Molly Bish Foundation's 11th annual Molly's Ride for Child Safety and Family Fun Day.

More than 500 riders came out to support the foundation and reaffirm the never-ending commitment to keeping children safe from predatory harm in honor of Molly Bish.

This year's ride held a special significance, as it marked the 10th anniversary of the Warren teen's abduction from her lifeguard post at Comins Pond. The first ride was held in August the year Molly disappeared and has been repeated each of the 10 years since.

Even though the motorcycle rally was held at yet another location — the base of operations for the ride has changed locales every couple of years — the turnout topped last year's riders by nearly 100 entries, with 510 registered bikes at the start of the ride.

Prior to the ride, the foundation held its annual candlelight vigil at Comins Pond on Saturday evening.

Moments before the bikes came thundering out of the Center at Hobb's Brook Sunday, Molly's mother, Magi Bish, addressed the crowd, choking up as she compared the melancholy atmosphere of the night before to the loud, jubilant atmosphere of the day.

"Last night was a somber experience," Bish said. "Today, I come here and I'm overjoyed."

See Tuesday's Southbridge Evening News for complete coverage of community news.

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