Custom build benefits military charity

Publish Date: 
Mar 22, 2011

Hot Rodz of Fort Bragg, N.C., has built and auctioned a custom motorcycle, raising $5,101 for Fisher House, a local organization that assists soldiers and military families in need.

Hot Rodz and Fisher House staff hatched the custom build plan last October. The bike, built from a 1977 Harley-Davidson Springer, went to Dr. (Col.) Lee Hatley, who heads Davis Dental Clinic on Fort Bragg.

"The fact that proceeds were going to the Fisher House was important to me," Hatley says. "I like Hot Rodz also. I bought my bike from there and it's an opportunity to give back."

Hot Rodz manager Mark Hendrick said he was happy that a soldier won the auction, especially one who’s one of Hot Rodz’ biggest customers.

"Not only is he a military member, but Dr. Hatley is a really good customer of our shop and he came to almost every bike night," Hendrick told a U.S. Army spokesperson. "In my heart, I was hoping that somebody like that would wind up with the bike, especially when it got finished. It's such a spectacular machine and I think he feels good, we all feel good and the bike got a really nice home."

Hendrick says it was important to support Fort Bragg, which is home to some of Hot Rodz' biggest customers.

"It feels great because as a motorcycle shop in the economy that we're in right now, I know the soldiers, the post and the fact that we're in Fayetteville helps us be successful," he says. "So I feel like it's what we need to do to give back to the community."

Posted by Holly Wagner