Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ride for Kids Supported by Honda and BMW Raises $4.4 Million - 2010 Nationwide Calendar Announced

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s  Ride for Kids® program raised $4.4 million in 2009, thanks to Honda and BMW dealership fundraisers, and motorcyclists who participated in rides across the USA.

The PBTF is the official charity of the Honda Riders Club of America (HRCA), which has been the presenting sponsor of Ride for Kids® since 1991. Thanks to the significant support of American Honda Motor Company's motorcycle division, Honda dealers and other motorcycle industry companies, the program has raised millions of dollars for pediatric brain tumor research.

Cycle World Magazine and the Cycle World International Motorcycle Shows are also major supporters of the Ride for Kids®.

The 2010 National Ride for Kids® season kicked off with a Valentine's Day ride in South Florida. Three new events were added in 2009 and a new ride in Tulsa, Oklahoma is on the  Ride for Kids 2010 Calendar

“Motorcyclists are known for digging deep when it comes to helping kids, and they worked harder than ever to raise funds last year,” said Kyle Clack, national director of the Ride for Kids® program. “We’re confident that their dedication and hard work will pay off for the kids again in 2010.”

Top fundraisers for 2009 - Some familiar names again led the fundraising pack in 2009. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) salutes these hardworking contributors:
  • The customers of Nielsen Enterprises, a Honda dealer in Lake Villa, Ill., have consistently helped the dealership take the top motorcycle business spot for several years. They gave $126,857 to the PBTF at the 2009 Chicagoland Ride for Kids®.
  • The nation’s leading fundraising motorcycle club or chapter is also from the Chicagoland area. Wings Over the Prairie organized a gala silent auction that brought in $70,136 in donations.
  • Bob Henig of Jessup, Md., owner of Bob’s BMW, ran a second successful Ultimate Bike Raffle to benefit the PBTF. He personally raised $59,012 for the Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids®.