Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund
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The annual MPO Peter J. Lavery Memorial Run, a police escorted motorcycle ride, is held on the 3rd Sunday of September. It is the primary fundraiser for the PJL Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The Operation's Committee includes Newington police officers, family and friends who work together to plan and implement the 35 mile motorcycle ride that has drawn up to 700 bikes and 50 police escorts.

6th Annual Peter J. Lavery Memorial Run - September 19, 2010
The 6th Annual Peter J. Lavery Memorial Run took place on Sunday, September 19, 2010. This year's motorcycle ride was a tremendous success, with all proceeds raised benefiting the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The ride began with registration at Maguires Sports Bar, located on the Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT. It featured a 35 mile police escorted motorcycle ride through the towns of Newington, Berlin, Cromwell, Middletown, Portland, Glastonbury and Wethersfield. It concluded back at Maguires with lunch provided for all riders and music by Shark Entertainment.

There was an incredible show of support from local businesses, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, police, fire and ambulance departments, family, friends and hundreds of riders. So many people contributed to the success of this ride, and as a result, over $25,000 was raised for the Peter J. Lavery Memorial Scholarship Fund in honor of MPO Peter J. Lavery. This would not be possible without the hard work, commitment and generosity of so many in our community.

MPO Peter J. Lavery 2010 Memorial Run Video

A special thanks to the following:

  • Maguires Sports Bar - for hosting the event and providing lunch
  • Stew Leonards - for providing lunch and doughnuts
  • Trantolo & Trantolo - securing the permit and advertising
  • Pronto Printer of Newington - donating flyers
  • Sign Pro - donating banners
  • Tim Horton's - donating coffee
  • Newington Price Chopper - donating doughnuts
  • Panera Bread - donating bagels
  • Connecticut Police Supply - selling t-shirts
  • Greater Hartford Police Supply - selling t-shirts
  • Gengras Harley-Davidson - selling t-shirts
  • Mickey Finn's Honda -selling t-shirts
  • Webster Bank - providing ice cream treats for all
  • Newington Police Department - coordinating traffic, bikes, motor units, registration, photography among many other details
  • Shark Entertainment - donating the music
  • Motor Units from police departments around the state - escorting the riders safely through the towns
  • Starbucks of Newington - gift basket
  • Susan Hilerio - singing the National Anthem
  • Sean Lennon - playing bagpipes
  • Don and Gina Lavery, Sam and Pat Grady, Ray Lavery - designing this year's shirts
  • Hundreds of Riders
  • Volunteers - too numerous to mention - take care of so many details from set to clean up and everything in between
  • Jim Oke - making the video
  • Kiwanis Club of Newington - donation
  • Little L's Photography - donation
  • Dominic Pane - donation

Thank You to all who participated in the 2010 ride!!!

A Tribute to Peter
This event is a fitting tribute to Peter. He was an avid motorcyclist who participated in many rides throughout the years. Motorcycling was his passion both in his personal life and on the job. Peter participated as a police escort in the annual Americas 911 Ride to Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and New York City. He rode in the Suicide Run hosted by the Blue Knights of New York City, Rolling Thunder to honor U.S. veterans in Washington, D.C. and many local memorial rides, including the Brian Aselton Memorial Motorcycle Run. He proudly provided motorcycle escort missions for the Newington Police Department for families who lost a loved one or for military troops leaving for war. He loved going away for weekend rides throughout New England and beyond with family and friends. He was always happily planning his “next ride”.
For additional information contact Officer David Guthrie at the Newington Police Department.

2010 Memorial Run Photos



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