News Ride for Kids Raises $4.5 million in 2011

Ride for Kids Raises $4.5 million in 2011

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Ride for Kids Motorcycle Fundraising

Children with brain tumors have some powerful friends in the motorcycling community.

Contributions to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) Ride for Kids held steady in 2011, with more than $4.5 million raised through events, corporate and local sponsorships, and donated goods and services.

Kyle Clack (National Director, Ride for Kids) says: “The road is full of twists and turns, but motorcyclists, volunteers and sponsors didn’t waver in their support in 2011.More families were able to celebrate another year together because of them, and we are so grateful for that commitment.”

Ride for Kids recognizes top fundraisers in three categories: motorcycle business, motorcycle club/chapter, and individual. The overall leaders for 2011 were:

  • Northwest Honda of Houston was the No. 1 motorcycle business again this year, thanks to customers bringing a total of $221,427 to Ride for Kids® events in Houston, Dallas, Lafayette, La., Albuquerque, and Birmingham.
  • Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRRA) TX-C was also a repeat winner from Houston. Its members turned in $82,932 in donations at four Ride for Kids events to make TX-C the country’s top motorcycle chapter.
  • Texan Sam Caine was the largest individual fundraiser, collecting $53,302 for the Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids.

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation says “(We) are fortunate to be the charity of choice for many companies in the motorcycle industry. The presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids is the Honda Riders Club of America, part of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Our exclusive national insurance sponsor is GEICO.

“We are also grateful for the support we receive from Cycle World, Advanstar Communications and the International Motorcycle Shows, and from event prize sponsors AGV Helmets, Dunlop Tires, Tourmaster Luggage and Cardo Systems. Many other media outlets, after-market companies, motorcycle dealerships, and individuals also help us spread the word throughout the year.”

The PBTF has Charity Navigator’s highest rating of four stars. Over 85 percent of every dollar raised goes toward our programs, including medical research and family support.

Motorcyclists have fueled the PBTF’s position as the world’s leading non-governmental source of childhood brain tumor research funding. We have supported projects at more than 50 facilities worldwide, including our three PBTF Institutes at Duke University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the Hospital for Sick Children in Canada.

The PBTF also helps families by producing free educational literature and informative conferences, and by awarding college scholarships to brain tumor survivors.

2012 Ride for Kids

Ride for Kids has helped the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise over $64 million to date. It welcomes all makes and models of street-legal motorcycles at our events. The 2012 Ride for Kids season starts April 15 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Learn more at rideforkids.org.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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