In Sturgis every year, the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA sponsors an event to benefit the non-profit organization Children’s Care Hospital in Rapid City. This year, the group organizes a raffle with a custom Roland Sands Design Harley- Davidson Nightster as the grand prize. Justyn Amstutz and Eagle Rider San Diego donated the bike to the cause. Proceeds will fund Children’s Care, an organization serving children with special needs.
Hamsters USA is a group of about 300 custom motorcycle owners from around the world, formed in 1978 by charter members Arlen Ness, Donnie Smith, Dave Perewitz, Barry Cooney, Ed Kerr, Steve Allington, and others. The group has adopted Children’s Care as their charity, wanting to give back to the Sturgis and greater Black Hills community, which many Hamsters consider their second home. Tickets for the bike are just $25 each and can be bought at Hamsters Bike Tickets.
Group spokesman Grady Pfeiffer of Escondido, CA, who has also joined the board of directors for the Children’s Care Foundation, says “The Hamsters are proud of the vital help they’ve provided for children. These are kids with no other options for services, and early intervention will help them grow up to be more independent adults. Many of them live on Indian Reservations, and Children’s Care staff go directly to them as part of their outreach program.” The drawing will be held August 8th at the group’s annual meeting and dinner during the Sturgis Rally.