Fairfield University is starting point for Special Olympics Dream Ride Experience

Fairfield University Department of Public Safety will welcome motorcyclists and fans of Special Olympics as a starting point for The Dream Ride Experience, a fundraiser presented by Bozzuto’s Inc., The Hometown Foundation and local IGA Supermarkets that will take place on Sunday, Aug. 28.

Motorcyclists will ride from Fairfield University Department of Public Safety, located at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, to The Farmington Polo Grounds in Farmington. To find out more, call 203-254-4090. To register and get additional event information, visit dreamride.org. Check in the day of the event at Fairfield University Department of Public Safety will begin at 8 a.m. and the ride will depart for Farmington at 10 a.m.

Each year, The Dream Ride Experience unites thousands of friends, families and motorcycle and engine enthusiasts from multiple states and countries to celebrate Special Olympics athletes. The event helps inspire a sense of community and respect, acceptance and inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities — on and off the playing field.

Dream Ride highlights will include a motorcycle ride with participants from eight starting points in Connecticut, Eastern Seaboard states and Canada and a judged Dream Show featuring rare, classic and exotic automobiles and motorcycles at the Farmington Polo Grounds on Sunday, August 28th. The event will also offer food, live entertainment, vendor displays, pet adoptions and a Family Fun Zone for children and guests of all ages. The Family Fun Zone will offer carnival rides and games and children’s activities. A Dream Cruise and Wrangler Rally, hosted by Papa’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of New Britain, will be take place on Saturday, Aug. 27.

For more details, a full schedule of activities and to register for The Dream Ride Experience, visit dreamride.org. Register your motorcycle or car and purchase all-access one-day passes at $30 or two-day passes for $50. Passes entitle guests to meals and wristbands for the Family Fun Zone, which offers a carnival atmosphere and rides. For a first time this year, the general public may enter and roam the venue at no charge.

The Dream Ride route from Fairfield University to The Farmington Club, Farmington:

Depart- Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield  

  • Exit university via. Jogues gate N/B onto Round Hill Road
  • Turn Right onto Mill Rd.
  • Continue North (Straight) onto Burr St.
  • Turn Right East onto Congress Street
  • Turn left (North) onto Rt. 58, Black Rock Tpk.
  • Turn Right at traffic light (East) onto Rt. 136
  • Continue onto Rt. 59
  • Turn left onto Rt. 25
  • Turn right onto Mile Hill Rd.
  • Continue Straight onto Wesserman Way to I-84 East
  • Turn Right to enter I-84 East
  • I-84 East to exit 20 Rt. 9 North
  • Rt. 8 north to exit 42
  • Take right at bottom of Exit 42 ramp, Rt. 118 East, (Harwinton)
  • Continue on Rt. 118 onto Rt. 4 Burlington
  • Turn Left onto Town Farm Rd
  • Continue to Farmington Country Club on Right

Dream Ride began as a dream of Michael A. Bozzuto, CEO of Bozzuto’s Inc. It started with just a few motorcyclists participating in a benefit ride to raise awareness and funds for Special Olympics. Over the years, thousands have joined the mission and helped make it an event that has a profound impact on many lives. In addition to local events planned, Bozzuto and friends will embark on a six-day, 2,000 mile motorcycle ride from Florida to Connecticut and arrive in Farmington on Friday, Aug. 26. Dream Ride participants will also ride in from multiple states along the Eastern Seaboard and Canada to join in the weekend’s festivities.

This year, the Dream Ride celebrates its 16th anniversary. In 2015, the event raised $1.3 million to support Special Olympics; it has raised over $4.7 million since its inception. Dream Ride Partner Sponsors include the Aqua Turf Club, The Farmington Club, the Michael Fux Foundation, Bozzuto’s Inc. and The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

About The Dream Ride Experience

The Dream Ride experience is a year-long community commitment to celebrate the achievements of Special Olympics athletes around the globe. The Dream Ride Experience honors these outstanding men, women and children living with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities, advocates for inclusion and builds lasting friendships at The Dream Ride Experience and other events throughout the year.

About Bozzuto’s, Inc.

Bozzuto’s, Inc., is a family-owned, full service, wholesale food distribution company headquartered in Cheshire, Connecticut, that serves more than 1,500 supermarket retailers in 10 states. Bozzuto’s is a proud supporter of IGA and is a five-time winner of IGA’s highest honor, The President’s Cup.

About The Hometown Foundation

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to supporting the community in conjunction with Bozzuto’s Inc. and its IGA retailers. The Hometown Foundation, Inc. supports six core community needs. Its focus and commitment center around the military, children in need, intellectual disabilities, life threatening illness, emergency response personnel, and animal rescue. The Dream Ride Experience is the signature event of The Hometown Foundation, Inc. For more information about The Hometown Foundation, Inc., hometownfoundation.org.

About Special Olympics Connecticut

Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for close to 13,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports® partners – their teammates without disabilities.

Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field. (soct.org)

Partner sponsors: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Dream Ride, ESPN, Eversource Energy, Law Enforcement Torch Run, NBC Connecticut, TD Bank, United Technologies and WWE. Year-Round Suppliers: Adams Hometown Markets/IGA Hometown Supermarkets, Campus Customs, The Coca-Cola Company, Connecticut Portable Storage/PODS, Crystal Rock Water and Coffee Company, Dunkin’ Donuts, Graebel Moving Services, LLC, Guida’s Milk and Ice Cream, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Marcus Communications, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch Community Service and WORX.

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