HEARTS TO HEROES Charity Motorcycle Ride

AMER_LEGION_PIC2Walleye Weekend 2015 is excited to announce the All New Hearts to Heroes Charity Motorcycle Ride on June 13. The theme for this year’s ride is “Ride for a Ride” with proceeds benefiting the American Legion Riders; the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization. Sponsors of the ride include: Mercury Marine, Bergstrom Toyota Scion of Oshkosh, Open Road Harley-Davidson, J.T.L. Repair and Salute The Troops.

The festivities will kick off at Open Road Harley-Davidson at 11:00 a.m. with registration & a pre-party featuring live music, raffles, food & more! The ride will depart at 3:00 p.m. for a scenic ride through southeast Fond du Lac County and will arrive at Walleye Weekend between 4:45 – 5:15 p.m. where riders will parade into the grounds for VIP parking. There will be ample time for camaraderie with fellow riders, visiting with ride sponsors, and enjoying the music of Rooftop Jumpers. Between 7:45 – 10:00 p.m. Hairball, a wildly popular rock & roll tribute band, will entertain guests with music that pays homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Fireworks will conclude the evening at 10:00 p.m., sponsored by Glacier Hills Credit Union.

According to Rick Patton, Director of Veterans Services, Fond du Lac County, the funds raised will benefit the American Legion Riders and will be used to purchase a new van.

“The Fond du Lac County Veteran Service Office Transportation program provides transportation to our elderly and severely disabled ambulatory veterans who can no longer drive themselves due to age or disability reasons and do not have friends or family who can transport them,” Patton said. “All of our vehicles have been purchased with donated funds from veteran service organizations and the community, not with county tax dollars, and our drivers are volunteers. We anticipate our oldest van will need to be retired in 2017 due to age and mileage and this “New Vehicle Fund” is set up to serve that purpose. We anticipate that when that time comes, the van will have between 180,000 and 230,000 miles on it.”

According to Lori Thiel, Managing Partner of Open Road Harley-Davidson, Open Road Harley-Davidson is excited to be a part of an event that highlights and benefits veterans.

“An all new event embracing and honoring those who have served our country is a sincere privilege,” Thiel said. “Open Road Harley-Davidson, an inaugurating partner of this event, feels it’s a great way to give back to the many local men and women who have helped shape our way of life. This event touches the patriotism in all of us with an opportunity to pay it forward. Whether you’re a rider or non-rider, Walleye Weekend is the place to be.”

Ride registration is $25 per rider or $35 two-up, and includes: ride, festival admission & entertainment, collectible pin, raffle ticket, meal voucher and premium parking at Walleye Weekend (bikes only). The ride is rain or shine on Saturday, June 13 and all makes and models are welcome (2, 3 or 4 wheels). Pre-registration is available on the Walleye Weekend website at, in-store at Open Road Harley-Davidson (24 S. Rolling Meadows Drive, Fond du Lac) or at JTL Repair located at N5756 Co Rd D, Fond du Lac.

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