Definition of a HOGstar (noun), a person who supported the Hogs Against Hunger fundraiser and ride to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s Hi-Five program.
Hogstars come in many different forms. Some purchased raffle tickets online or at an event. Some shared or retweeted about the fundraiser. Some came out to participate in a ride down I-4 last Sunday. Some sold tickets in the Harley stores, and some volunteered to spread the word. Finally some spent tireless hours organizing and working the events. But no matter what kind of HOGstar you were, you were able to help raise over $45,000 to feed children in need in our community by purchasing $10 raffle tickets to win a 2011 Harley-Davidson Road King Classic.
What does $45,000 look like? That is 17,000 nutritious meals going straight to needy children who do not have access to school cafeterias during the weekend. We started the Hi-Five Kids Pack Program when educators came to us looking for a solution to providing weekend food for the neediest of their students. Students were coming to school sick and unable to learn because they had not eaten since their school lunch the previous Friday.
Special thanks to the 450 riders who came out to the Police Escorted I-4 ride on Sunday. We had a blast and hope you did too. We started out Downtown Disney where we saw an amazing performance from the Drill Team. The ride started and the convoy went down I-4 to the Orlando Harley-Davidson I-4 Historic Factory Dealership. Once the riders parked then the party started with food, drinks, and entertainment from Orange Avenue. Everyone was waiting anxiously for the big announcement on who would win the 2011 Road King Classic!
Below are some photos of the ride and the after-party:
Congratulations to Bob Touchette of Oviedo for being our Grand Prize winner of the Road King Classic!
Of course none of this would be possible without the generous folks at Orlando Harley-Davidson. Special thank you to Anne Deli, Mike Case, Amanda Duitsman, Kate Hoffman, Michele Sullivan, Matt Santamarina, and all of the Orlando Harley-Davidson staff that worked so hard to put this initiative together. Second Harvest is so very lucky to have them as a supporter, donor, and friend. It was so amazing to see a group of people working so hard for a cause they felt passionate for. If we haven’t said it enough … thank you!!
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