House of Harley-Davidson donation to help at-risk children

Image: House of Harley-Davidson, Anchorage, AK

ANCHORAGE, AK – House of Harley-Davidson is donating more than $37,000 to an organization that supports at-risk children. The funds were raised through the dealership’s Life Ride motorcycle raffle and ride.

The Dealer announced that $37,313 will be donated to Beacon Hill Alaska to support Beacon Hill and its partner organizations, Safe Families Alaska and The Heart Gallery.

The organizations “support, serve and encourage vulnerable children in our community. They do this by offering services to children in and at risk of going into Alaska’s foster care system,” House of Harley-Davidson said.

Beacon Hill was selected from a group of local nonprofits to receive this year’s funds.

Image: House of Harley-Davidson, Anchorage, AK

“We were very excited to partner with Beacon Hill for the 2017 Live Ride,” said Dealer Principal Dia Matteson. “Their application made it clear that they are making a positive impact on Alaska’s foster kids in a way that makes use of their resources very well. Everyone in the organization that we worked with confirmed this with their willingness to jump in on the work it takes to put this event together.

“As a local Alaskan, I believe children are our future and this organization is directly impacting our future community,” Matteson continued.

The 19th annual Live Ride was held on July 15. The centerpiece of the ride is the raffle prize: a new Harley-Davidson 883 Superlow, which House of Harley-Davidson donated. “Because the cost of the motorcycle does not get subtracted from earnings for the event, more can be given directly to Beacon Hill,” the dealership stated.

The lucky winner: 88-year-old “Dorothy S” (see photo, below), who had ridden along that day as a passenger with her daughter and son-in-law.

Live Ride organizers in January will begin accepting applications from local nonprofits to become beneficiaries of the 2018 ride and raffle.

Image: House of Harley-Davidson, Anchorage, AK