By Michael Allard, COO Home Base Program
This fall, New England motorcycle enthusiasts have a brand new opportunity to celebrate and honor veterans, service members and their families by riding in the first ever Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday, September 24. Kicking off the ride in each of the six New England states, the Ride for Our Heroes makes it easy for you to find a starting location near home and rev up your engine to join the fun!
After a scenic route through the New England countryside, the Ride for Our Heroes will conclude at the Harley-Davidson dealership in Manchester, New Hampshire with a big party featuring live music by the James Montgomery Blues Band, a visit by the 2004 and 2007 Red Sox championship trophies, and great food and other activities for kids. The Home Base Program is also selling raffle tickets for a custom-built Dirico motorcycle, which features a baseball-themed paint job and is signed by Aerosmith’s one and only Steven Tyler, co-founder of Dirico motorcycles.
In fact, just last week Steven Tyler and Red Sox superstar David Ortiz got together to show off this flashy bike. The pair teamed up to honor our nation’s veterans and to encourage motorcycle riders across New England to do the same and register to ride. We took some great pictures from the photo shoot that can be viewed on our Facebook page. You can also visit the ride’s website to listen to some really cool radio ads promoting the event that feature Steven Tyler and David Ortiz.
The Ride for Our Heroes raises money for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, which provides clinical care for veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with combat or deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury.
Folks can pre-register for the ride and purchase raffle tickets for the motorcycle at www.homebaseprogram.org/rideforourheroes. Even if you don’t ride, you can still attend the post-ride BBQ for $20. Don’t miss out on this great weekend event for the whole family; we’d love to see you there!