Sturgis. Hamsters USA raise $257,000 For Children’s Care Of Rapid City

Yesterday evening the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $257,000 for Children’s Care Hospital & School in Rapid City during their annual meeting and dinner on Monday, August 9th. Funds raised will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus special educational and psychological services. The banquet was held in Spearfish, SD, as part of the Sturgis Rally. Funds were raised through a silent auction, $5,000 cash raffle, and many individual donations. Proceeds go to serve children with special needs. Sponsors of the event were Allstate Motorcycle Insurance and Jack Daniels.

Hamsters USA has raised and donated funds at their annual meeting for the last six years, wanting to give back to the greater Black Hills community, which many Hamsters consider to be their second home. Their gifts help provide services to children in their own homes and communities, delivered by Children’s Care personnel who drive over 10,000 miles a month to provide services.

Bruce Rossmeyer and family honored with 5th annual Chrome Heart Award. The late Bruce Rossmeyer, who died in a traffic accident last year on July 30th on his way to the Sturgis Rally, was honored with the 5th annual Chrome Heart Award. Children’s Care presents the Chrome Heart Award to “an individual in the motorcycle world whose philanthropic support and civic duty represents everything positive in the industry and sport of motorcycling.” Rossmeyer was the owner of several Harley-Davidson dealerships in Florida, as well as in Colorado and Mississippi, and was the developer of the annual bike rally Destination Daytona and many other motorcycle events. He was an active supporter of and generous donor to many children’s charities, including Children’s Care Hospital & School. The award was accepted by Rossmeyer’s son, Will, of Ormond Beach, Florida.

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17 Responses to “Sturgis. Hamsters USA raise $257,000 For Children’s Care Of Rapid City”


  1. 1 Brenda Fox Aug 11th, 2010 at 12:05 am

    Awesome! Great Job!

    Excellent people, riding Excellent bikes, doing Excellent things. Proud to know people like you in the motorcycle world – You rock.

    B Fox

    Ps: …. the whole clan of women at women motorcyclist have a crush on Joe Pro!

  2. 2 BikerDATA.com Aug 11th, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Wow thats awesome. Hey Cyril, whats up with the 500,000 prize money from the Key West to Alaska race?

  3. 3 Bigal Aug 11th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Good Cause and great times. I wish I could be there, maybe next year!

  4. 4 TexasGrumpy Aug 11th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Great jobs guys and thanks for what you do for the kids !!!

  5. 5 Sid Alerson Aug 11th, 2010 at 8:58 am

    It is really great when people are helping in Children Care. These bikers are really worth respecting.

  6. 6 Larry R Aug 11th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Kudos Hamsters.

  7. 7 Patty Aug 11th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Hamsters did it again! It’s all about the kids! It was an amazing night and I’m proud to be a part of the Hamster family! BTW Brenda, we all love Joe Pro! 😉 He rocks! Congrats Hamsters and friends and everyone that donated to CCHS!

  8. 8 Sandy Aug 12th, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Way to go Hamsters! You guys rock!

  9. 9 Steve The Producer Johann Aug 12th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Big hearted bikers/builders at it again – Great job everyone keep it up. Just goes to show down times brings out the best in a lot of people especially the bike world.

  10. 10 Dave Aug 12th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Way to go. Big Bad Bikers Have Big Hearts.

  11. 11 Doug Cahn Aug 13th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Once again you guys rise to the top!!!
    Proud to call you freinds!!!
    Wish I was there… next year for sure!!!
    Thanx
    Dougie

  12. 12 Lee Wimmer Aug 14th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    On behalf of myself and my wife Nancy, we were very thrilled to have been a part of this. Not only with donations , but what we ended up buying……way more than we intended , but it’s for the KIDS and this was a heart warming event.
    So proud to be part of the best group of people in the world!!
    Already planing on stuff for next year!!

  13. 13 Marilyn Stemp Aug 14th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    The tradition continues – the Hamsters deserve to take a bow for giving back so strongly to a community that so willingly welcomes bikers. You guys shine a positive light on motorcyclists everywhere with the good work you do.

  14. 14 Jazil Aug 16th, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Honored to be a part of this special community. Great bunch of men and women.

  15. 15 Carolina Juarez Aug 16th, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    No wonder my bro, Art Lopez, from Walnut Creek, California is so proud to be a Hamster! Best Wishes to a terrific group of big hearted folks. Thanks for helping so many children and being part of the goodness of the world.

    Carolina of Oakland, California

  16. 16 Jeff Bouma Aug 17th, 2010 at 10:47 am

    A great job by a great group. Thanks again to Art Lopez and Jeff Erb for inviting us to be a part of it this year. my wife, Liz and I had a blast, got to participate in a great party and run and give something back to the Black hills Community and the Sturgis Rally. It doesn’t get any better than that!
    Can’t wait to see many of you again at Az. Bike Week.
    Peace!

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