Biker Belles ride in Sturgis raises record amount for charity
August 8, 2013
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The Sturgis Buffalo Chip finished off yet another successful day of fundraising with Tuesday’s fifth annual Biker Belles event. The annual charity ride, which celebrates women in motorcycling, raises funds to benefit women-related causes, with all proceeds donated to Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
The Biker Belles celebration began with an inspiring symposium of leading industry women, including Shelly Rossmeyer, Cris Sommer-Simmons, Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo, Tigra Tsujikawa, Lisa Baker and celebrity rider, Kristy Swanson. The event, presented by Harley Davidson, lead riders on a scenic ride through the Black Hills, starting at the Lodge at Deadwood. Upon arrival at the Buffalo Chip, guests were treated to a special catered reception, a fashion show featuring Harley Davidson Motor clothes® and a live and silent auction. Moto-celebrity , Jessi Combs, added her personal customizations on Velocity Television’s All Girls Garage to a Harley Davidson donated by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley-Davidson in support of the event. The bike, which was purchased by Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers as a present to his wife, raised $22,000. All together Biker Belles raised $36,520 for charity.
“We were pleased t to see the large turnout for yesterday’s events and especially for this year’s Biker Belles Ride.” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Watching Pat Simmons bid on and win Jessi Combs’ bike for his wife was particularly exciting since the two first met at the Chip.”
For those who did not participate in Biker Belles, there were plenty of activities at the Sturgis campground to keep rally-goers entertained. CMT was on site throughout the day filming several events including the Homemade Bikini Contest, the Ultimate Burnout Contest and Patch McGillicutty’s motorcycle stunt on the Wall of Death. There was no shortage of great music as the Buffalo Chip brought Toby Keith, TESLA and Sweet Cyanide to the main stage.
Campground admission passes are still available and all concerts are free with camping. Passes also grant guests access to the Bikini Beach swim paradise, 25 bars, thrilling exhibits, and outrageous events. The 32nd annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Motorcycle and Music Festival runs July 29 through Aug. 11, 2013. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com or by calling (605) 347-9000.