Aug 2, 2015 2:12 PM

1,000 motorists ride across NH to benefit nonprofit Homes for Our Troops

NASHUA - An estimated 1,000 motorcyclists took part in Texas Roadhouse's annual ride to benefit Homes For Our Troops Sunday.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., drivers and riders packed into the Texas Roadhouse parking lot with their brightly-colored motorcycles to benefit the nonprofit Homes for Our Troops, HFOT, which builds homes for wounded service men and women.

Kirsten Sands is the Regional Marketing Director of Texas Roadhouse and decided to become involved with the organization when her brother was deployed overseas.

"I remember hearing about Homes for Our Troops...and we've been helping ever since," Sands said.

Rides like New Hampshire's 42-mile route are the reason Homes for Our Troops has been able to build more than 190 homes in 37 different states since 2004.

"In the past 11 years, they have raised over a million dollars for Homes for Our Troops which is equivalent to building two homes" said Cara Yanosick, Fundraising events for HFOT.

Sunday, two other states took part in a similar ride and six other states are scheduled to take part next Sunday.

"I love motorcycle riding, I love helping other people and to join the two things together is incredible," said Arthur Desrosiers, head road captain of the Concord Hog Chapter.

The Texas Roadhouse in Nashua became involved with the organization right before the first home was even built. "It was really exciting to get at the grassroots level at the entry level with this organization" said the ride's founder Kirsten Sands.

Four state troopers and police from three towns escorted the motorcyclists from Nashua to Newington.


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