Jay Leno To Lead Harley-Davidson’s Love Ride 29 To Benefit The USO On Sunday, October 21

October 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Heroes

LONGEST-RUNNING MOTORCYCLE FUNDRAISING EVENT IN THE WORLD TO FEATURE GEORGE THOROGOOD, CANNED HEAT & THE STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK

IN 28 YEARS, THE LOVE RIDE HAS RAISED $24 MILLION FOR CHARITY

GLENDALE, Calif., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Jay Leno will return as the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castaic Lake, California.  This year’s Love Ride will benefit the USO that provides critical support and morale boosting programs and services to troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured, and their families, and the families of the fallen. The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years.  The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale.

Love Ride 29 is being supported by 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern California and many of them will feature pre-Love Ride promotions and group rides to Castaic Lake on October 21.  Harley-Davidson of Glendale will feature The Strawberry Alarm Clock in concert at 7:15 a.m. followed by a press conference with Leno and other celebrities, including Robert Patrick, the Cast of Sons of Anarchy, Antonio Sabato Jr., Willie G. Davidson, Karen Davidson, Perry King, George Barris, Mickey Jones, Keith Emerson, and Lorenzo Lamas who will sing this year’s National Anthem.

George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Canned Heat will headline the Castaic Lake concert starting at 11:45 a.m.  Other Castaic Lake festivities include a trade show, Peter Fonda ride-in bike show, USO displays, and a food truck fair.

The minimum donation to participate is $50 and includes a free opportunity ticket to win 6 prizes that include a 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.

All motorcycle brands and automobiles are welcome.  To sign up in advance or receive more information, go to www.LoveRide.org, or visit Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.

SOURCE  Love Ride Foundation

Copyright 2012 PR Newswire

Golf Channel’s Robbie “Shank” Biershenk is Chasing His Dream to the PGA

October 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Believe, The Dream

Golf swings come in all varieties.  If you’ve ever watched the game of golf you’ve seen the pros hit a draw or a fade on demand, but you’ve never seen anything like - Shank. Meet Robbie Biershenk or “Shank” as most people call him.

He’s been called the real life Tin Cup, referring to the 1996 Kevin Costner golf film. And that isn’t too far from the truth, Shank owns his own driving range where he lives and chases the dream. The dream to one day play on the PGA Tour, just like his brother Tommy.

There’s no question this kid’s got game, after all he’s a Six-time World Long Drive Competitor and Three time champion at the Skyview Open. But as Shank put’s it, timing, chance and luck have always been on his side. Still, he presses forward in pursuit of what has so far been an elusive dream. That pursuit has been supported by a growing number of fans, many of which “met” Shank on the Golf Channels Big Break – Indian Wells.

Shanks Big Break came to an end on week six of the show where fellow competitors face off in mini-games and match play rounds. If Shank lacks in talent, he makes up for in it personality. A genuinely nice guy, Shanks Southern charm makes it difficult not to root for him. That may be why the Golf Channel picked his story up again for a new series called Chasing the Dream. This series follows Shank on his pursuit of the PGA, watching closely as he works to juggle his driving range and quest for birdies.

In the series opener, Shank works to keep an old tractor running to pick up range balls, explaining that the alternator long ago went bad. His truck “Big Red” is running on it’s last legs and still Shank keeps moving on, selling t-shirts and sweat shirts to support the habit until one day the gods of golf smile upon him.

Until then we wish Shank the best. Hit em long and straight Shank!

Megan Bradshaw is a Hero to Families of Stillborn Children

October 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Heroes

Teeny Tears DiapersIn 2008, Megan Bradshaw and family were blessed with identical twin boys, one of whom passed away unexpectedly just before their birth at 28-weeks.  Inspired by a tiny hand-made gown that had been donated with love to her small boys, Megan took up the cause to help others facing similar challenges, becoming a hero to many in a moments of unparalleled grief.

According to Megan’s website http://teenytears.blogspot.com, approximately 26,000 children are stillborn in the United States every year, about 1 in 160 births. The site reports a significant number of these angels are preemie or micropreemie infants.  Many of these angels are far too small for even the very smallest commercial diapers.

Teeny Tears is a service organization that provides tiny flannel diapers at no charge to hospitals and bereavement support organizations for families that have suffered the loss of a preemie or micropreemie child through stillbirth or NICU loss.

Having only known Megan a short time, our family was quick to recognize what a wonderful person Megan is. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Megan has the opportunity to work with and teach compassionate service to the young women of her local neighborhood. Megan’s love and compassion for all people has led several of these young women to also help and participate in the cause, making small infant diapers.

When asked about the experience working with Teeny Tears, one of the young women, Breann, commented, “I enjoyed the experience, knowing that we were helping others. It’s a really nice thing that Megan does, giving the family something cute that they can bury their preemie in. She puts so much time into everything that she does. It takes a lot of time tracing and cutting out every diaper and taking the time to sew it.”

The goal of Teeny Tears is to bless families that suffer  heartache, providing their angel with a soft, beautiful diaper in which to be photographed and laid to rest. THEY PROVIDE TWO MATCHING DIAPERS PER FAMILY (and that’s really important), one for the baby and one for the family to keep in a memory box. When possible, they also make tiny micropreemie blankets that are appropriately sized for their beautiful little bodies.Teeny Tears diapers are soft against delicate skin and can be used to enhance photographic memories as well as offer dignity and modesty for the tiniest angels.

 Teeny Tears is approaching 10,000 donated diapers. If you are interested in assisting  please visit http://teenytears.blogspot.com.

Operation Homefront is Accepting Nominations for Military Child of the Year

October 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Heroes

Americans Believe - Military Children HeroesOperation Homefront, the national nonprofit dedicated to providing emergency financial and other assistance to military families, has announced that nominations for the Military Child of the Year Awards are being accepted online at MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org through December 15, 2012.  Winners will be recognized in April 2013.

The Military Child of the Year Award recognizes children who stand out among their peers. Ideal candidates for the award demonstrate resilience, strength of character, and thrive in the face of the challenges of military life. These young heroes embody leadership within their families and communities.

This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  The winners each receive $5,000 and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition ceremony on April 11.  In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and First Lady Michelle Obama, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies. This award is presented to an outstanding child from each branch of service – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  The winners each receive $5,000 and a laptop, and are flown with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for a special recognition ceremony on April 11.  In previous years, recipients have had the honor of meeting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, and First Lady Michelle Obama, who were guest speakers for the event awards ceremonies.

“With so much uncertainty living in a military family, from constantly having to move to knowing that a parent is fighting for our country, it is amazing to see how strong these young people are to excel in the face of these challenges,” said Jim Knotts, President and CEO of Operation Homefront. “It’s not just the military members who serve, but their families as well.  We think these young patriots deserve to be honored for their sacrifice and their leadership.”

For more information on how to nominate a child in your community, to become a sponsor, or to see photos from past events, please log on to MilitaryChildOfTheYear.org.

About Operation Homefront:  A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers with nationwide presence covering 41 states, and has met more than 590,000 needs of military families since its inception in 2002.  A four-star rated charity by watchdog Charity Navigator, nationally, 94 percent of total revenue donated to Operation Homefront goes directly to assist service members.  For more information, go to www.OperationHomefront.net.