Scores of bikers gathered in front of the Freedom Counseling Associates, Inc. near downtown Midlothian at 10 a.m. Saturday to participate in the Ride for Emotional Healing, a fundraising event for the 501(c)3 organization.

“These bikers, about 60 in all, came from throughout Ellis County and as far away as Fort Worth and San Antonio,” said volunteer Laura Riza. “There are several different motorcycle clubs and lots of individuals that came to participate.”

Riders left the FCA clinic on Avenue F in Midlothian and were slated to arrive at their destination point by  2 p.m. for a 70-mile trek that wound its way through Ellis County country roads including Venus, Waxahachie, Italy and ending up at the Biker’s General Store near Maypearl.

“Many of our clients are victims of sexual abuse and our goal is to provide the best staff of therapists available to meet the needs of our community,” said Mark Young, executive director of Freedom Counseling Associates, Inc.

The event included not only the 70-mile run, but a live and silent auction and 50/50 drawing. The fundraising event was conceived by FCA representative Martha Jones.

The organization was started by Virginia Young and Jackie Allain, a licensed professional counselor and supervisor. Allain is also a registered play therapist and supervisor.

According to an organizational publication, FCA’s purpose is to combine professional training and expertise with proven practical approaches in a Christian context to meet people where they are. The organization bills itself as Christ-centered but stresses that it does not impose its belief system on clients.

For further information about Freedom Counseling Associates Inc. visit the website at www.FreedomCounselingFCA.com, or call 972-723-0044.

Contact Paul at paul.gauntt@wninews.com or 469-517-1450.