On Sunday, the world-famous Love Ride will roll into the Castaic Lake Recreation Area one last time. the Wounded Warrior Project will participate in the grand finale of the single-day motorcycle fundraising event, the longest running event of its kind in the world. Since 1981 Love Ride and its supporters have raised over $24 million for a variety of local and national causes.
Love Ride 32 will continue its tradition of kicking off the event with a morning concert, a celebrity-filled press conference followed by a 5-mile motorcycle trek led once again by Grand Marshall Jay Leno along with honorary Grand Marshalls Peter Fonda (3:10 To Yuma) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2). The route will take participants from Harley-Davidson of Glendale, California to Castaic Lake State Recreation Area.
In its three-decade history, the Love Ride has hosted many celebrity participants such as Bruce Springsteen, Malcolm Forbes, Larry Hagman, Steven Tyler, Billy Idol, David Crosby and many more. The award-winning Foo Fighters will join other special musical guests Social Distortion, American Hitmen and The Long Run, in their last Southern California performance of the year.
“Love Ride is an event that embodies the freedom, fellowship and camaraderie we want for our Alumni,” said John Roberts, warrior relations executive vice president for Wounded Warrior Project. “We are extremely grateful for their support this year. Their staff and organizers have done amazing work, and we will miss their tireless efforts and amazing spirit of generosity.”
Along with the Southern California Harley-Davidson (HD) Dealers Association, Love Ride is a proud advocate of WWP’s mission to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. All donations will go through the Love Ride Foundation and at the close of the event, 100% of the proceeds will go to WWP and its 20 free lifesaving programs and services that are designed to engage warriors, nurture their minds and bodies, and encourage their economic empowerment.
Since 2003, WWP has grown to meet the evolving needs of the constituency it serves. Currently, WWP provides support to more than 76,000 injured service members and over 13,000 caregivers and family support members. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP’s vision is to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
Participants who register for the Love Ride can also support WWP by donating through the Kintera site here. Donors can refer family and friends to their personal pages for contributions, after registration. For added fun, Love Ride is offering incentive prizes for different levels of fundraising.
Donors can register for Love Ride 32, the Grand Finale by visiting http://www.loveride.org and selecting the “Love Ride Registration” button at the left. The cost of the event is $45 in advance and $60 on the day of the ride. All participants who pre-register will receive a “Love Ride 32” patch, and the first 5,000 Love Ride registrants will receive a “Love Ride 32” pin. Love Ride 32 will also include a prize raffle for a chance to win: a Harley-Davidson 2015 Street Glide, a fully paid trip to the HD Manufacturing Factory and Museum with paid airfare, hotel accommodations, and more.
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. Put on by the Southern California Harley-Davidson Dealers Association, this year’s sponsors include GEICO Motorcycle, Budweiser, Sebastian Professional, and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.
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 woundedwarriorproject.org.