Be a Pampered Social Elite for Charity?

What would you think of a charity ride, where participants donated "close to" $1,000 each, and "the majority of the proceeds ... go to provide shoes and clothing for hundreds of underprivileged children in East Los Angeles", and "another portion of the funds raised go to the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation for the families of lost, injured or disabled CHP officers"?
Now in its 14th year, the BMW-St. Francis Motorcycle Charity Ride draws corporate executives from around the country to participate in an elite four-day ride that begins at the BMW regional headquarters in Ontario to Northern California and back.

Gee, it sounds like a noble endeavor, but that's just the beginning. I can't help thinking that it seems like they spend more money pampering their "elite" participants than they do on their supposed charities. Read on, and decide for yourselves.

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