A special thank you to our 2015 Charity Event Sponsors!
The Roughriders' Motorcycle Riding Group added an additional fundraiser to ourl annual Charity Ride fundraiser for 2015. With the help of the Lincoln Combat Veterans, we raffled a $19,000 gift certificate to Frontier Harley. With the proceeds from this raffle we were able to purchase the gift certificate as well as a $16,000 “Trackstander” Track Chair that was given to a local Disabled American Veteran
The Charity Raffle was accomplished through the sale of 1750 raffle tickets with a chance to with the Gift Certificate or one of ten other prizes valued at $4,500.
During the Roughriders' search for a Disabled American Vereran to award the chair to, we identified three other veterans who,because their injuries occurred on active duty, were eligible for Trackchairs from the Independence Fund. None of the veterans we identified for consideration were even aware of this possibility and the Roughriders were able to get their names submitted and that resulted in one veteran receiving his chair prior to our own giveaway. The Roughriders also have every confidence that the other two veterans identified will receive their Trackchairs once the appropriate paper work is submitted and approved.
A final cap to this great event was the learning of a company right here in Lincoln that started the manufacture of Trackchairs in January of 2015. We contacted Rocket Mobility, and they kindly agreed to award one of their Lincoln built Trackchairs to the “Wounded Warriors Group” out of Florida that takes veterans just released from the hospital to an exciting outdoor adventure. The awarded Trackchair will ultimately help hundreds of these DAV's to get around on the many outdoor adventures this group puts together. Rocket Mobility awarded their Trackchair to a Disabled American Veteran representing “Wounded Warriors Group”, at our Charity event on June 27, 2015 held at Madsen's EJ Lounge in Lincoln, Ne.
Year to date the Roughriders have given away more than $52,000 and expect to be over $55, 000 before the end of the year.
Over the last 12 years we have given away more than $228,000 to various charities and individuals in need around Lincoln.
Some of our favorite charities are Make A Wish, Down syndrome, Shrine Transportation Fund, MS, Back Pack Program, The Food Bank, Cystic Fibrosis, as well as many others