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More than 200 motorcycle riders participated in Tattoo

More than 200 motorcycle riders participated in Tattoo Lou's second annual "Ride for a Reason" Saturday to raise money for Old Bethpage's Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, which works to assist disabled LIers. (July 30, 2011) Photo Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Soaring Saturday temperatures didn’t bother a crowd in Oak Beach whose last thought was sunbathing.

More than 200 bikers -- many covered in ink -- geared up for a 30-mile ride to Popei’s Clam Bar in Coram, part of Tattoo Lou’s second annual “Ride for a Reason.” This year the bike run will benefit Family Residences and Essential Enterprises (FREE), an Old Bethpage-based nonprofit that assists disabled Long Island residents. The participating bikers raised $5,000 through entry fees, with raffles and the bike run’s after-party at Popei’s generating more funds.

“I like to give back to the community that has brought Tattoo Lou’s to be what it is today,” said Louis Rubino Jr., who owns the Suffolk tattoo parlor chain with his father, Louis Rubino Sr. “The bikers are great people. They really love to give back.”

Among the riders was Port Jefferson Station’s Bobby Olivieri, who participated in the 2010 ride, which raised about $12,000 for a 13-year-old Smithtown girl who has bone cancer.

“Whenever you’ve got a good cause like this I like to support it,” he said. Olivieri has a close friend whose daughter has Down syndrome, and he rode this year with her in mind. “She’s close to my heart ... and any causes like this is just good.”

The Popei’s after-party, which runs until 8 p.m., features live bands and a Coney Island freak show.

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Picture: More than 200 motorcycle riders participated in Tattoo Lou's second annual "Ride for a Reason"  charity fundraiser.

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