UTICA -- 'The Ride for Missing Children' held its first meeting of the year Monday evening at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica.
Dozens of people will be riding through the Mohawk Valley in support of the event, which raises awareness of missing children across the country.
The ride, which raises $400,000 annually, is the biggest fundraiser for the local branch of the national center for missing and exploited children.
At the meeting, Fastrac presented the organization with a $10,000 check to support the cause.
Organizer Tom Newmann says he joined to help reunite families with their missing children.
"We've been able to send posters out for over 10,000 children and over 7,500 have been recovered," Newmann said. "Just seeing what the power of what an organization like this can do, where you can bring awareness to people, you can educate the young kids on the ways to avoid it, and then bring hope to the families that have lost a child."
'The Ride for Missing Children' is set to take place on June 1, 2018.
Meetings for the ride are held monthly at MVCC and are open to the public.