J&L Harley-Davidson presents "Why We Ride" to benefit Abbott House

Publish Date: 
Jan 16, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- J&L Harley Davidson will sponsor the Sioux Falls premiere of the documentary "Why We Ride" to benefit a local shelter for at-risk girls.

The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the dealership. The screening benefits the Abbott House, a private residential treatment center in Mitchell, S.D., for girls ages 7 to 18 who are at risk of not reaching adulthood. Annually, 80 to 100 South Dakota girls change their lives and regain their youth using the Abbott House programs.

“Why We Ride” is a documentary that shares the passion of motorcycle riding and shows the camaraderie of the friends and families who ride together. It’s a celebration of the motorcycling community, as told by racers, riders, pioneers, and parents involved in the sport, including Mitchell’s own Brian and Laura Klock and the Abbott House, showing the Helping with Horsepower program.

The program provides 40 Abbott House girls, ages 7-18, new hands-on problem-solving skills as they design, repair, and customize a damaged Harley-Davidson Road King and side car, which will be revealed at the screening. It assists girls in developing self-confidence and moves them to more action and success. The focus of the program is to impart an important life lesson: You can repair and rebuild anything in your life with the right tools and inspiration.

“The Helping with Horsepower program has significant impact on the Abbott House girls and staff,” said Eric Klooz, director of the Abbott House. “As the girls learn the various types and uses of wrenches and how to remove motorcycle parts, our girls also learn about perseverance, team work and problem solving. It is truly amazing to see the pride, confidence and self-esteem generated by the program."

“Join us in the celebration of life and transformational nature of motorcycles at the “Why We Ride” premiere and Helping with Horsepower launch party,” said Laura Klock, VP of Klock Werks and Helping with Horsepower founder.

Tickets for the screening are available at J&L H-D for $25. Each ticket includes the viewing, a raffle ticket for a chance to win the Helping with Horsepower/Abbott House rebuilt Harley-Davidson, a door prize ticket and free pop and popcorn.