The Biker Belles Ride is quickly becoming one of more popular events during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, celebrating the spirit and passion of women motorcyclists. The 2012 event begins Wednesday, August 8, 2012 with festivities and symposium at The Lodge at Deadwood, followed by a guided ride through the beautiful canyons of the Black Hills to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip where a reception, catered meal, entertainment, fashion show, auction and more await, including a concert by country music star Eric Church.
This years event will feature well know Hollywood celebrities, actress Kristy Swanson and Mythbusters Jessi Combs.
Although the event is geared towards women motorcyclists, it has a long history of attracting men as well. The focus of the event is to raise funds for South Dakota charities.
Ride contributions from the Biker Belles go to benefit local South Dakota charities, The Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Helping with Horsepower, a program to help young women and girls who are at-risk or are victims of abuse. The 2012 Biker Belles participation fee is $150 per person, with 100% going directly to charity.
“I am so excited for another year with the Biker Belles,” say’s film and TV actress Kristy Swanson. “I really enjoy the Belles event because I get to ride
with good friends, make new ones, and contribute to some great local charities along the way. Plus the Belles ride ends at the Buffalo Chip with a great party, hors d’oeuvres, activities and an awesome concert by one of my favorites, Eric Church. As my husband and I always stay at the Chip during the rally, we get to keep the fun rolling all week.”
The Biker Belles event helped raise $14,000.00 for South Dakota charities.
Sponsors of Biker Belles include the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Harley- Davidson Motor Company®, the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce, Knology, Bic 4 Good, Interstate Batteries, Motorcycling USA, Pepsi and Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys®.
The beauty, spirit of freedom and unity is what fuels these Sturgis fund-raising events, and along with the Biker Belles, other events helped to raise money for local charities.