Nick's Ride 4 Friends

Raising Awareness of the Heroin Epidemic

On Saturday, August 19th approximately 100 motorcycles will line the streets of Auburn to help raise awareness of the dangers of drug addiction. Sherri and Joel Campagnola know first-hand what drug addiction can do to someone; they lost their son Nick nearly two years ago to heroin. They have now created the event “Nick’s Ride 4 Friends” to continue to bring attention to the severity of the heroin epidemic.  

After a five-year battle with addiction, first to prescription painkillers and then heroin, 20-year-old Nicholas Campagnola passed away from an overdose on December 28th. Now his family is fighting to keep his memory alive. “Nick’s Ride 4 Friends” is a fundraiser to promote awareness and fund recovery.

After the scenic motorcycle ride through Auburn to Skaneateles Falls, there will be a block party to follow at A.T. Walley & Co. in Auburn with food, drinks, bands, raffles all to benefit a great cause. The proceeds will go to the family where they will use the money towards scholarships in Nick’s name and to help host a wrestling camp at Champions for Life in Auburn. There will also be guest speakers at the block party including Cayuga County District Attorney Jon Budelmann, Congressman John Katko, and Cayuga County Sheriff Dave Gould.

The ride will be on August 19th at noon with a block party to follow. There is $20 per rider and $15 per passenger. The block party is free with food and drinks available to purchase. It’s a great opportunity to bring the community together right in downtown Auburn to remember Nick Campagnola.


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