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Love Ride: Motorcyclists to Benefit Autism

Motorcycle Charity Rides

Motorcyclists have heart. They also recognize that charitable organizations are continuing to suffer during these difficult times. For this reason one of America’s most successful motorcycling charity events, the Love Ride, is back with a "retro" run on Sunday, November 7, 2010 from Glendale Harley-Davidson to the Calamigos Ranch in the Malibu hills, a scenic forty miles away. This year’s event benefits Autism Speaks.

Oliver Shokouh, and Grand Marshal Jay Leno, will lead riders back to the same venue where the Love Ride began 26 years ago. Shokouh came up with the motorcycle ride idea in an effort to raise money for children’s charities. Tens of thousands of Bikers and Hollywood celebrities who ride, have given their much-valued support over the years, netting over $14 million for children’s charities.

Oliver Shokouh says: "We’re all looking forward to an incredibly fun and nostalgic event."

One-of-a-kind prizes, including Bruce Springsteen’s autographed guitar from his performance at Love Ride 1996, are up for grabs to everyone who registers or becomes a Top Fundraiser. One of the Love Ride’s original performers, Robby Krieger of The Doors is scheduled to play a retro set of music with his son, Waylon Krieger performing as the opening act.

Love Ride Retro 2010 will be a memorable day, thoughtfully created by founder Shokouh to give back love to the riders and volunteers who have made the event so worthwhile over the years. Consisting of
exceptional entertainment, great food, drink, and special activities, Love Ride’s main purpose is, "for biker’s to give from the heart to those less fortunate."

To capture the feeling of the first Love Ride, attendance is limited to only 1,000 riders. Tickets are $100 per person and the event is expected to sell out. Riders of all motorcycle makes are encouraged to sign up quickly. Information and registration forms are available
online at loveride.org, or in person at Glendale Harley Davidson, 3717 San Fernando Road, Glendale, Calif. Forms can also be obtained by calling the dealership at (818) 246-5618.

Schedule of events:
8 to 10 a.m. Registration at Glendale Harley Davidson with staggered departures
10:30 a.m. Gates open at Calamigos Ranch
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Music and announcements
11:30 to 12:30 Waylon Krieger Band
11:00 to 3:00 p.m. Beverage service opens
12:00 to 2:00 pm. BBQ lunch served
12:30 to 1:30 Egg Toss, Slow Ride, and Victor McLaglen Drill Team
1:30 to 2:45 Robby Krieger Band
2:45 Final announcements, drawings
4:00 Event gates close

For latest information and updates on the ride, go to loveride.org.

About Love Ride
The Love Ride began in 1984 as a 501(c)3 charity organization to raise funds for children’s charities. Oliver Shokouh is Love Ride’s founder and owner of Harley-Davison of Glendale located at 3717 San Fernando
Road, Glendale, CA, an authorized dealer for Harley-Davidson and Buell Motorcycles serving customers since 1948. Information about Love Ride and the dealership can be found online at glendaleharley.com.

Autism Speaks
Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has committed over $142.5 million to research through 2014 and developed innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and
advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please
visit autismspeaks.org.

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