In Memory Of Craig Betz And To Benefit Children Of South Dakota

arlennessbikeCraig Betz of California was a longtime motorcyclist and a new member of the motorcycle group “Hamsters USA”. Last fall, shortly after being inducted into the group at the 2008 Sturgis Rally, Betz lost his battle with cancer. His most beloved possession was arguably his custom Arlen Ness Speed Liner motorcycle, As part of Craig’s legacy, his sister Cecily Betz donated his motorcycle as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization Children’s Care Hospital & School of Rapid City, SD, which serves children with special healthcare and educational needs.

Raffle tickets are available now for $25 at Bike Tickets. The drawing will be held at the Hamsters, USA annual banquet during the Sturgis Rally on August 3, 2009. The winner will be notified by phone, and the bike will be signed for the winner by Arlen Ness and his sons, Cory and Zack.

Funds raised through the raffle will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus special educational and psychological services to children in Western South Dakota–plus parts of Wyoming and Nebraska. Children’s Care of Rapid City served over 1200 children in the region last year.

7 Responses to “In Memory Of Craig Betz And To Benefit Children Of South Dakota”

  1. 1 Lee Wimmer Mar 31st, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    As most of you know by now we lost our dear Hamster brother Bob Illingsworth last week. Bob was very , very instrumental in fund raising for the Childrens Hospital. The Hamsters have held auctions in Sturgis to help raise funds for this cause as well. This is a wonderful opertunity for everyone to dig in and help out. And who knows YOU may be the lucky winner! I urge everyone who reads this to purchase a ticket (or more than one even) several of us Hamsters have tickets to sell and will be willing to get them to you. remember ” it’s all about the kids”

  2. 2 rodent Apr 1st, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Ya wanna do something for kids? worry more about your grandkids who will be paying for the bread that Obama is giving to corprations like , GM, A.I.G and BofA than kids in South Dakota. Charity begins at home.

  3. 3 Lee Wimmer Apr 1st, 2009 at 6:46 pm


    So, just how much do YOU donate to the betterment of the world ????

  4. 4 Pepper Apr 2nd, 2009 at 12:20 am

    Rodent – I appreciate your passion man, but ease up. This is a good thing. The children of SD will be better for it, and motorcyclists are contributing to something that will truly make a difference. Sometimes it’s ok to believe. Let it be.

  5. 5 Lee Wimmer Apr 2nd, 2009 at 4:35 pm


    You are so right!!! good for you!!

  6. 6 Harlan Schillinger Apr 6th, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Thank you Cyril for posting this on your weekly Blog.
    The CCHS helps children from all parts of the country. There are so very few outlets for family’s of special needs children to go, for such intense help needed.
    Thank you again.

    “To be a leader you have to have a heart”

    CCHS Board Member

  7. 7 Cecily Betz Apr 21st, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Dear Cyril,

    Thank you so much for posting this information about the auction for my brother’s bike.

    I just want to say that I worked with Bob Illingsworth in puttting the poster together. Although I never met Bob in person, he was “one-of-a-kind-of-guy.” While he was dealing with his own declining health, he was working on this project. Just a few weeks before he died, during our conversation I asked him how he was doing…he replied “I’m still moving forward.” He was an inspiration to me and I feel so very priviledged to have known him. Cecily Betz

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