Get your motor running and get out on the highway, because Grady Health Foundation’s 2nd Annual Rock-N-Ride is cruising through Atlanta on June 23, and they’ll be revving up more than just their engines. Proceeds from the event benefit the Grady Health Foundation and the Gold Shield Foundation of Atlanta, a nonprofit providing financial support to families of first responders who are injured in the line of duty.

“You have heard us ask, ‘what if there was no Grady?’ But an equally scary question, what would you do in an emergency if there were no first responders?” says Lisa Borders, President of the Grady Health Foundation. “No matter where we reside, the people who benefit from Rock-N-Ride are essential to our communities, and we hope to see everyone along the ride route take a few minutes to applaud the people riding in honor of our firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.”

2012 Rock-N-Ride Route | Route subject to change
Killer Creek exit on Alpharetta Highway
Right on Hembree Road
Left on Morrison Parkway
Right on Haynes Bridge Road
Right on Highway 400
Exit Interstate 285 East
Exit I-85 South
Exit Buford Hwy Connector
Cross Spring Street
Right on Peachtree Street

Don’t want to get left in the dust? Head down to the finish line at the Hard Rock Cafe for the post-ride music festival on Peachtree Street, which is free and open to the public. Two stages with nine talented southern-rock and country artists will provide the entertainment from 2:30 p.m. until just after 9 p.m., and with all of that singing and dancing, we bet you’ll get hungry. Food trucks will be rolling in with tasty options from Dogs on Wheels, Ibizabites, Hail Caesar and Fry Guy, while Yuengling will keep the beer flowing for everyone 21 years of age and older. Attendees are kindly asked to make a donation to the onsite boot drive; every gift is appreciated.

Please note, Virginia Runnin’ will be replaced by Brian Collins on the Velvet Underground stage from 6:10 to 6:50 p.m. The full lineup includes: Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, Miss Willie Brown, The Whiskey Gentry, Kristy Lee and Paris Luna on the Main Stage, and Ty Bates, Brian Collins, The Deadfields and Julie Gribble on the Velvet Underground stage.

Safe Ride will be providing FREE rides home, along with free breathalyzer tests for Rock-N-Ride attendees.

Rock-N-Ride is sponsored by the Hard Rock Café, 97.1FM The River, Southland’s Full Throttle Magazine, Killer Creek Harley-Davidson, Q&A Events, Atlanta Beverage Company, Peachtree Center, The Backstage Beat, NOS Energy Drink, Pirate Printing, Yuengling, and Steelhorse Law. For more information please visit: For up-to-the-minute details become a fan on Facebook: and follow @Gradyhealthfdn on Twitter – don’t forget to use the Rock-N-Ride hashtag #RNR12. Can’t make the event? You can still support the cause! Text GRADY to 5555 to donate $5, any time during the year.

About Grady Health Foundation: Founded in 1993, Grady Health Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 public charity that was formed to encourage corporations, foundations, and individual citizens to invest in the continued health and well-being of Atlanta through this vital public resource. Continuing in the spirit of its founders and leading the health system’s first major Capital Campaign, Grady Health Foundation was charged in 2008 with updating and re-engaging the community to support the metro-region’s premier Level I Trauma Center and the southeast’s largest public hospital. Consistent with Grady’s primary mission of caring for those traditionally without health coverage, the hospital delivered $227 million in uncompensated care to those in need in 2011.