HARLEY-DAVIDSON LOVE RIDE RAISES OVER ONE MILLION DOLLARS FOR VETERANS
Jay Leno, Foo Fighters and Social Distortion
joined thousands of music fans, motorcycle
enthusiasts and veterans in support of Wounded
October 20th, Castaic Lake, CA—Jay Leno, Foo Fighters, Social Distortion and a star-studded cast of riders including the Harley-Davidson Royal Family—Willie G, Nancy, Bill and Karen Davidson—actors Peter Fonda, Robert Patrick, Emilio Rivera, Lorenzo Lamas, Kristy Swanson, George Gray, Sean McNabb, Phillip Winchester, Mark Boone Junior and countless others joined forces this past weekend to support the Love Ride Grand Finale concert and festival—the largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world.
Over $1,000,000 in charitable funds was raised
to help veterans in need through the Wounded
Warrior Project. The event was put on by an army
of 750 volunteers organized by the Love Ride
Foundation. Veterans in attendance included
Petty Officer 3rd Class, Mr. Raymond “Doc”
Andalio who served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman
(medic) for 12 years. In 2003 in Iraq, Doc
sustained wartime injuries causing many broken
bones, brain damage, respiratory disorders and
mental stress. The Wounded Warrior Project has
provided the support he needed to have a second
chance at life:
“Wounded Warrior Project and the Love Ride have our backs. I am deeply grateful to all the attendees who helped. I met so many motorcyclists who were vets, and being around all those people and love felt like heaven. Raising money for awareness shouldn’t be a job; it should be shared and given with an open heart. And it showed with this last Love Ride Grand Finale. The one million dollars from everyone there will not only make a difference to a lot of people now—but also in the future. “
Riders and attendees who participated in fundraising contests won prizes such as a 2015 Harley-Davidson Black Street Glide motorcycle, an all-expense paid trip to the famous Harley-Davidson Factory and Museum in Milwaukee Wisconsin, a tour of Jay Leno’s Garage and more.
Full list of winners coming soon.
After 32 years of service, this was the Love Ride’s final curtain call. In the words of the festival’s founder, Mr. Oliver Shokouh: “It’s been my honor to serve these causes for decades. And I’m eternally grateful for the outpouring of support that so many gave this year as we ride off into the sunset with over $1,000,000 raised for Wounded Warrior Project and a total legacy of over $25,000,000 for charities to date. Lives are changed because of your attendance and participation over these years and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
SOCIAL DISTORTION TO JOIN FOO FIGHTERS AT LOVE RIDE GRAND FINALE IN CALIFORNIA
Glendale, CA (August 27, 2015)–The Love Ride Foundation today announced that Social Distortion have been added to the star-studded lineup headlined by Foo Fighters in a benefit concert to support Wounded Warrior Project. The show will take place outdoors at Castaic Lake, 41 miles North of Los Angeles on Sunday October 18, 2015.
With a career spanning over 30 years, Social Distortion has virtually patented their unique sound, a brand of rock n’ roll that’s cut with rockabilly/punk, blues and outlaw country. Now playing such venerable festivals as Austin City Limits, Coachella, Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds – their searing guitars and locomotive rhythm section sound more alive today than ever before. With an expected sell-out, Social Distortion fans are encouraged to secure tickets soon. Ride information, registration or concert-only tickets are available exclusively at www.LoveRide.org. Purchase in advance and save $15 off the door.
“We’ve wanted to be a part of the Love Ride for years now, so we are stoked that our friends the Foo Fighters asked us to be involved for the final ride; which makes it bitter sweet.
Founder Oliver Shokouh and the Love Ride Foundation have done an amazing job over the years raising money and awareness for many great organizations, so we’re looking forward to contributing to this year’s effort and doing our part in raising awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. This incredible group of people assists our wounded service members with their injuries, illness’, create support networks, help with their transition back into civilian life and more. We’re honored to be performing this year and we’re looking forward to a great day of rock ’n’ roll for a great cause.” – Mike Ness, Social Distortion
The Love Ride festival is the largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world. Cars are welcome too. Grand Marshall Jay Leno will lead thousands of riders from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA, to Lake Castaic. Once there, the concert will take place. Attendees can participate in the ride or show up on site at the lake to enjoy music, a host of surprise musical celebrity guests, custom bike and stunt shows, gourmet food trucks, a vendor exhibition fair and drawings for exclusive motorcycle items and prizes.
Keep up with the latest Love Ride news by following @LoveRide on Twitter, Love Ride Glendale HD on Facebook and loverideharley on Instagram.
About Love RideThe Love Ride was born out of a labor of love. Founded in 1984 by Harley-Davidson of Glendale dealer, Oliver Shokouh, the festival has since raised over $24 million in charitable funds for organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), United Service Organization (USO), Autism Speaks, and long term support for the Glendale Community College. The 2015 Grand Finale’s beneficiary is the Wounded Warrior Project.
Foo Fighters to Headline Famous Love Ride Festival
Grand Marshall Jay Leno, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters will join thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts at festival to support Wounded Warrior Project .
Glendale, CA (June 9, 2015)–The Love Ride Foundation today announced that after three plus decades of service, on Sunday October 18, 2015 it will hold its last and final Love Ride festival—the largest and longest-running one day motorcycle charitable fundraising event in the world.
Jay Leno will lead thousands of riders from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, CA, to Lake Castaic. Once there, rocking the main stage is multi-platinum eleven-time Grammy winning musical act, Foo Fighters. Fronted by avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast, Dave Grohl, the band will be joined by a line-up of very special guests curated for this event. With an expected sell-out, fans are encouraged to secure tickets soon. Tickets go on sale today exclusively at http://loveride.kintera.org/LR32Tickets.
Love Ride 2015—the 32nd festival—will include a 45 mile ride, two concerts, appearances by a host of celebrity guests, custom bike and stunt shows, gourmet food trucks, a vendor exhibition fair and drawings for exclusive motorcycle items and prizes. This year’s event will benefit Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. For ride registration or more information, visit www.LoveRide.org.
Keep up with the latest Love Ride news by following @LoveRide on Twitter, Love Ride Glendale HD on Facebook and LoveRideHarley on Instagram.
About Love Ride
The Love Ride was born out of a labor of love. Founded in 1984 by Harley-Davidson of Glendale dealer, Oliver Shokouh, the festival has since raised over $24 million in charitable funds for organizations such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), United Service Organization (USO), Autism Speaks, and long term support for the Glendale Community College. Supported by the Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association, this year’s sponsors include Budweiser, Powered by GEICO Motorcycle, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys and Sebastian Professional.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project ® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org. ###