Lee ‘Gunny” Ermey to Biker Fusion at Daytona
Daytona Beach Bike Week Fundraiser
When event promoters Carrie Repp of R&R Promotions and Ken Conte of Rise Above Consulting first launched their “Biker Fusion” fundraiser after Repp ended Biker’s Ball, they had no idea how much the motorcycle industry and other enthusiasts would embrace the idea of a benefit during Daytona Beach Bike Week for a great cause.
In their fifth year and after more than $60,000 raised, Conte and Repp are in awe of the industry’s support as their 5th Annual Biker Fusion fundraiser comes together on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Doghouse Bar and Grill on Main Street in Daytona.
This year’s event features a presentation of a custom Victory Motorcycles to legendary Marine and Drill Instructor R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. “Gunny.”
Victory will reveal a custom motorcycle designed and painted by the Victory Industrial Design staff that “Gunny” can ride on all his upcoming rides. The fundraiser will once again benefit Soldiers’ Angels, a volunteer-led non-profit that provides aid and comfort to active servicemen and women of the U.S. military as well as veterans and their families. Rally TV will provide red-carpet video coverage of the event.
Ken Conte (Event Organizer and owner of Rise Above Consulting) says: “We’re overwhelmed and humbled by the response we’ve gotten from the motorcycle industry. We’re grateful to our myriad in-kind sponsors, and to Victory Motorcycles and San Diego Harley-Davidson stepping up as new sponsors. The donations for our auction and raffle are a great demonstration of the generosity of this community and the spirit of Daytona Bike Week.
“People enjoy the event because it gives motorcycle enthusiasts the opportunity to rub elbows with an impressive list of world-class, A-List builders, industry leaders and celebrities, while raising money for an outstanding cause.”
The general public can attend this VIP event by making a $25 donation at the door, and those planning to come are encouraged to RSVP at http://www.facebook.com/events/238503579576295/. This year’s fundraising event includes a live auction featuring Precision Billet products, entertainment, and a number of great bikes from an impressive line-up of builders, moto-journalists and industry notables.
Carrie Repp (Event Organizer and Owner of R&R Promotions) says: “Last year’s hosts Dave Perewitz and Paul Yaffe return, joined by Steve Broyles for this year’s benefit.
“They did a fantastic job firing up the crowd and getting people to look within and donate, and this year they are all donating something handcrafted for the auction. It’s amazing for us to see the overwhelming support we receive each and every year, and it has been an honor to plan and organize an event that benefits such a worthwhile cause.”
Biker Fusion has quickly become an industry and Daytona Bike Week staple, and organizers hope to continue raising funds for our troops for years to come. Event sponsors for the 5th Annual Biker Fusion include: The Doghouse Bar and Grill; Kandgcycles.com; Spectro Oil; Rise Above Consulting; R&R Promotions; Hot Leathers; Ride Wright Wheels; San Diego Harley-Davidson; Panama City Beach Motorcycle Week; Precision Billet and Victory Motorcycles . This year’s auction and raffle features products from Choppers Inc.; Danny Gray Seats; Michael Lichter Photography; Hardcore Watch Company by Steve Soffa; Covingtons Customs; Wolfgang Publishing; Arlen Ness; Buck Lovell Photography; Deadwood Tobacco; Fab Kevin Steel Chopper Parts; Chopdocs Choppers; Indian Larry Motorcycles; Fred Kodlin; David Uhl; and Sara Liberte.
The event starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the general public for a $25 donation at the door, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting Soldiers’ Angels.