Charity Begins on Your Motorcycle

motorcycle ralliesWhen it comes to awesome bike rallies, the obvious go-to example will always be Sturgis. And it’s obvious why: beautiful wild west scenery, amazing bikes, great food, excellent people – it’s just a fantastic experience overall. But Sturgis is a long way from PA, and the rally only happens once a year. Fortunately there is no shortage of great rallies and beautiful rides this spring within a day’s ride from pretty much anywhere in Pennsylvania.

As many of you know, I’m not only a Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney, but an enthusiastic rider myself, and an active member of the thriving East Coast motorcycle community. I try to get out to as many events as I can. They are a chance to reconnect with clients, socialize with friends, and spend time around other folks who are as passionate about riding as I am.

More than just socializing

But many events also provide an opportunity to give something back to our communities by raising awareness or funds for organizations and issues that are important to us. That’s why I have focused this post on upcoming charity events. Please note, that I am not necessarily involved in each of these charities. Some I specifically support with time or money, and others I don’t, but they are all worthy causes.

LOH Easter Basket Ride – April 12th, Harrisburg PA, 9am: Benefiting the Harrisburg YWCA, the sponsors of this ride seek donations of Filled Easter baskets, women’s or children’s clothing, twin-sized bedding and other housewares and toys.

10th Annual Pennsylvania State Police Soldiers of the Motorcycle Ride – April 26th, Hershey PA: This 90-mile ride honors fallen members of the Philadelphia State Police, and benefits the Historical Educational and Memorial Center of the Pennsylvania State Police. Includes food and state police-focused activities.

Pennsylvania Emergency Medical Services 4th Annual Ride – May 18th, Harrisburg PA, 10AM: Benefits from this ride support the Line of Duty Death fund for EMTs, paramedics and other rescue personnel.

Ride for the Heroes 2014 – June 1st, Makefield PA: This ride is sponsored by the Central Bucks Rotary Club and benefits wounded veterans, the families of fallen heroes and the Central Bucks Rotary Foundation. Includes food, and live music.

Vettes for Vets Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show – June 8th, Bangor PA: All proceeds from the 9th annual show benefit Keystone Wounded Warriors. Prizes, music, food and activities included.

Good causes and great fun

Of course it goes without saying that all of these events are about more than just philanthropy – as important and rewarding as that is. They are also fun, build friendships, and strengthen the community of riders here in Pennsylvania.

As these events approach I’ll be writing more detailed information, so you can get a good feel for the ones you may want to attend. I hope to see you at most of them.

As always, the most important factor when attending a ride or rally is to be safe. Make sure your insurance is up to date, designate a sober driver, wear your helmet, and be sure to share the road.

If you have questions about rides, rallies, or motorcycle law in the Commonwealth, call Pennsylvania motorcycle accident attorney Lee D. Gaber, Esquire today at 1-888-292-5352 (1-888-CYCLE-LAW) for a free consultation and personalized attention.

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