Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend Hosted By Kenny Roberts

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

The Third Annual True American Heroes Weekend hosted by Kenny Roberts begins Thursday evening, May 8. Sponsored by Yamaha, the fundraising event held at Kenny Roberts’ ranch in Modesto, California, benefits Welcome Home Heroes and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation.

At 7:30 pm on Thursday, May 8, the Weekend kicks off with the True American Heroes Benefit Concert featuring The John Corbett Band playing live at the Fat Cat in Modesto. Tickets for the concert are $20 when purchased in advance online or $25 at the door. The admission price includes three drinks, and all proceeds go to Welcome Home Heroes.

The Benefit Dinner held on Friday, May 9 begins at 4:00 pm at Kenny Roberts’ ranch. King Kenny will be joined at the Dinner by guests Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Junior, Mert Lawwill, Kurtis Roberts and his number-one fan, actress Bo Derek.

After the True American Heroes Dinner on Friday night, Justin Trick from Mulrooney Auction Company will conduct a live auction at Kenny’s ranch to benefit Welcome Home Heroes. Featured items up for bid include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items, and lots of additional motorsports merchandise.

The 10th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride will be held the next day on Saturday, May 10. Kenny Roberts and several other American motorcycle racing heroes are scheduled to ride in the event aboard Star Motorcycles. The ride is free and open to the public, and hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen are expected to attend.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the Benefit Dinner visit

Chief Editor, Kevin Duke participated in the event in 2012. You can read about his experiences here.

Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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