Penfield, PA – One family is honoring and remembering their daughter with a day full of fun to raise money for a local homeless shelter.

The fifth annual Brittany Baird Memorial Ride is this Saturday, June 15.

Brittany was just 25 when she passed away after a canoeing accident on the Clarion River in May of 2014. She had just gotten her masters in social work from Temple University and was working locally in the mental health field. Brittany was engaged to be married in September of that year.

For her family, this is one way of taking a loss and turning it into something beautiful, while keeping her memory alive.

The 113-mile Dice Run will begin in Penfield. All types of vehicles are welcome.

Registration will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Penfield Firemen’s Club.

Entry fee is $15 and includes the afterparty dinner with music and prizes which begins at 5 p.m. at the Grange Hall.

All proceeds will be given to Haven House Shelter, providing temporary housing for tri-county homeless.

Don Ostrom from Haven House says the shelter offers 30 to 60 days of housing for people in need, but it does much more than that… it helps give people hope and puts them back on their feet.

Listen to the interview with Don Ostrom from last year’s dice run.

Haven House’s mission is to provide a safe, encouraging atmosphere, food, lodging, and guidance for local residents facing homelessness. By removing the emotional burden and uncertainty of homelessness and requiring a disciplined effort, guests will be empowered to overcome the problem that brought them to Haven House and to regain their independence and self-respect in their 30-day stay.

Haven House is located in DuBois and is within walking distance of employment services and on a bus route. They have 24/7 staffing.

People may be referred or can call (814) 371-0333. Haven House can accommodate 10 to 12 people. Their recidivism rate is less than 10% and most of our guests find employment within their 30 days of stay.

Find more information about the DuBois Haven House at their Facebook page.