Love Ride 25 raises $1,000,000

Top fundraiser collected $31,025 in donations

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Nov. 10, 2008
The 25th annual Love Ride raised over $1 million benefitting various charities in Southern California.

A convoy of 20,000 motorcycles led by Grand Marshall Jay Leno made its way from a Harley-Davidson/Buell dealership in Glendale, Calif. to the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif on Oct. 26. This year’s Love Ride raised funds for several charities including the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Special Olympics of Southern California and the Children’s Hospital of L.A. Since the Love Ride was founded in 1984 the event has raised over $21 million for non-profit organizations.

“Love Ride is all about helping those less fortunate – and having a good time while doing it. I am so grateful to all of our 25th Annual participants,” says Oliver Shokouh, Love Ride founder and owner of Harley-Davidson Glendale. “During truly challenging times, having such a strong year really demonstrates the heart and commitment of everyone that makes Love Ride possible. We’re looking forward to the next 25 years.”

ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons rocks out at Love Fest.As usual, this year’s Love Ride was literally a cavalcade of celebrities. Some of the stars joining Leno in the Love Ride were Willie G. Davidson and his family, two-time X-Games gold medalist Mike Metzger, Gene Simmons from KISS, Peter Fonda, Larry Hagman and Robert Patrick, plus the cast of Sons of Anarchy. Following the Love Ride, ZZ Top and the Foo Fighters headlined a concert at the Pomona Fairplex.

Following the concert the top ten fundraisers were honored with prizes. Topping all participants with $31,025 raised was Eric Schmoranzer who was awarded for his efforts with a trip for two to the Zurich, Switzerland for the 17th Swiss Love Ride in May 2009.

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