Eastern Harley dealers' Ride for Life raises $1 million for MDA

Publish Date: 
May 10, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Harley-Davidson 26th annual Ride for Life held May 4-5 in this area raised more than $1 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

More than 1,300 riders rumbled into Bethlehem, Pa. to participate in what has become the nation's largest charity ride, hosted by the Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealers Association (EHDDA).

"Harley-Davidson and its dealers, riders, fans and H.O.G. chapters are some of the most passionate when it comes to helping provide independence to kids and adults with muscle disease," said Brian Bentley, dealer principal of Brian's Harley-Davidson and head of the Ride for Life steering committee.

Events related to the ride included a concert by Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, silent auctions, raffles and more. Prize giveaways included a 2013 Street Glide and a trip for two to the The Motor Co.'s upcoming 110th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

A May 5 motorcycle parade was highlighted by the special appearance of Willie G. Davidson and his wife, Nancy.

Funds raised from Ride to Life stay in the five state surrounding area -- southern New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and northern Virginia -- and directly benefit MDA families. 

Since its inception in 1988, the Ride for Life has raised nearly $18 million and has hosted more than 51,000 participants.

Press release posted by Mary Slepicka