Sturgis, SD (September 12, 2013) – A custom Harley Davidson helped raise a record donation for charity during the Biker Belles® auction on Aug. 6, 2013 at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. The one-of-a-kind motorcycle, donated by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley Davidson, was customized by moto-celebrity, Jessi Combs, for the Velocity television show, “All Girls Garage.” The program features female mechanics repairing and upgrading classic automobiles and motorcycles, and during its Friday, Sept. 14 episode, it will spotlight both the Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles celebration and this custom Harley.
In the upcoming episode of All Girls Garage, Jessi Combs highlights the reasons why the Biker Belles charity ride is of particular interest—celebrating women and the role they play in shaping the culture, sport, art and history of motorcycling. Proceeds from the event for which Jessi customized the bike benefit two local charities: Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
On Sept. 14, viewers can see exclusive footage of Jessi leading the Biker Belles ride through the scenic Black Hills on the Softail Slim she customized for the show. The 2013 Biker Belles event began at the Lodge at Deadwood with an inspiring symposium of leading industry women. The day-long event then ended at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip with a special catered reception, a fashion show featuring Harley Davidson MotorClothes® and a live and silent auction.
The auction featured an array of tempting items, but the All Girls Garage customized Harley was the prize everyone had their eye on. When bidding came to a close, it was Pat Simmons of the Doobie Brothers that held the winning bid. The guitar legend and motorcycle enthusiast explained that he purchased the custom Harley Davidson as a present for his wife. Including Simmons’ purchase, the Biker Belles auction raised over $36,000 for the two charities.
“We’re proud to support women riders by hosting the Biker Belles for the fifth year,” says Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Seeing Pat Simmons give the All Girls Garage bike to his wife was extra special, considering it was here at the Chip that the couple first met. I look forward to reliving that moment again when the program airs.”
To see this remarkable bike and highlights from the Biker Belles celebration, watch Jessi Combs host All Girls Garage on Velocity, at 11:30 a.m. ET/PT, Sept. 14. For more information about the Biker Belles celebration and to reserve your place in 2014, visit www.bikerbelles.com or call 605-347-9000.
Special thanks to co-owner of Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Harley Davidson, Shelly Rossmeyer; Motorcycle Hall of Famer, Cris Sommer-Simmons; safety advocate, Vicki Roberts-Sanfelipo; Brand Director of Advanstar Communications Powersports Group, Tigra Tsujikawa; Trish Horstman of Baker Drive Train and celebrity rider, Kristy Swanson. Without their support and dedication to motorcycling, this event would not have been possible.
About Biker Belles®
The annual Biker Belles charity event and ride is a celebration of women in the world of motorcycling. Whether you ride your own bike or prefer being the passenger, this Sturgis Buffalo Chip hosted event offers a great opportunity to enjoy a safe day of riding, meet new friends and ride alongside pioneering women who continue to influence the world of motorcycling today. The 2013 Biker Belles event took place Tuesday, Aug. 6. The event began at the Lodge at Deadwood with vendors, music and female celebrity rider speakers. Participants then enjoyed a breathtaking ride through the Black Hills finishing at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Upon arrival, Biker Belles attendees took pleasure in a private catered meal, auction and fashion show. Then for those who reserved the option, it was off to the Buffalo Chip amphitheater for a world-class concert. All Biker Belles proceeds support local charities. For more information and to join the 2014 Biker Belles celebration visit www.bikerbelles.com or call (605) 347-9000.
About The Sturgis Buffalo Chip
The family-owned and operated Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is host to the Sturgis Rally’s cornerstone event, known as the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling™ and The Best Party Anywhere™. Now in its 33rd year, this event is one of the few remaining independent music festivals in the world. The famed creek-fed 580-acre camping resort is located three miles east of Sturgis, SD. Since 1981, the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has provided nine days of epic live music experiences and exciting activities for fans from around the globe. Concerts are free with camping. Passes grant access to music industry’s hottest stars, the Bikini Beach Swim Paradise, 25 bars, mouth-watering food and beverage vendors and thrilling exhibits. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip offers clean, well maintained facilities, private showers, cabins, RVs, paved roads and more. Outrageous events such as unforgivably hot bikini contests and jaw-dropping daredevil stunts are a few of the many daily spectacles unique to the Chip. The Buffalo Chip is a festival experience like no other. More details are available at www.BuffaloChip.com.