An inaugural Ride for Alliance & Victory motorcycle cruise to jointly benefit the homeless shelter programs at Third Street Alliance for Women and Children in Easton and Victory House of Lehigh Valley for men and veterans in Bethlehem was held on Sunday at Tuskes Community Park in Upper Nazareth Township.

Following the 11 a.m. ride there was a picnic sponsored by Carrabba’s Italian Grill of Easton. The event also included a special appearance by Lehigh Valley Rollergirls and the KITT car replica from Knight Rider, courtesy of Ania, Joe and Ryan from DJ music was provided by Jerry D Entertainment.

The day’s activities were co-sponsored by Carrabba’s, the Morning Call, WZZO, Lehigh Valley Health Network, and Atty. Lori Mannicci.

Need New Members

Third Street Alliance for Women and Children, an established social service agency serving the greater Easton and surrounding areas, is seeking volunteers with business and service acumen to fill openings on its board of directors.

MOTORCYCLES lined up for the benefit ride

From its beginning in 1909 as a grassroots YWCA, the agency has served the community and worked to meet the needs of a changing world.  It was initially founded to help working women and the influx of immigrants.  Historically, it was involved in the education of young women working in factories, and provided opportunities for physical, mental, and social development, offering rental rooms for women coming to the area.  In the early 1980’s, the organization realigned as a human services agency, taking on the new problems of homelessness, child care for working families, and the care of older adults.

Operating in the historic Simon Mansion in downtown Easton, Third Street Alliance provides a resident shelter for homeless women with or without children who come from situations of domestic violence, poverty, pregnancy, substance abuse recovery and mental health problems.  The agency also offers nationally accredited child care for ages six weeks to 13 years in a creative and educational environment, compassionate and stimulating adult day services for a fragile population and their caregivers, and affordable family activities

Community members interested in learning more about joining the board are invited to contact Judy Matthewson, Executive Director, at (610) 258-6271, extension 232, or Email to


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