Hamsters USA raise $282,357 For Children’s Care in Rapid City, South Dakota

On Monday, August 8th the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $282,357 for Children’s Care of Rapid City during their annual meeting and dinner The banquet was held in Spearfish, SD, as part of the Sturgis Rally.  Funds were raised through a silent auction and the raffle of an RSD Harley-Davidson “Nightster,” motorcycle, created by bike builder Roland Sands and donated by Justyn Amstutz of National Powersports Auctions.  The raffle winner was John Roshala of Poway, CA, who donated the bike back to Children’s Care.

Funds raised will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus special educational and psychological services to children in Western South Dakota–plus parts of Wyoming–through Children’s Care of Rapid City. 

Children’s Care of Rapid City, SD, is affiliated with Children’s Care Hospital & School, based in Sioux Falls. Children’s Care is a private, independent, non-profit organization with a mission to help children with special needs reach their full potential. The organization as a whole served nearly 2,000 children last year. Hamsters USA has raised and donated funds at their annual meeting for the last five 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.

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6 Responses to “Hamsters USA raise $282,357 For Children’s Care in Rapid City, South Dakota”


  1. 1 Boss Hawg Aug 12th, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Now that’s real money! Go Hamsters!

    See if SMRI can match that since they have trademarked all the rally names fro Sturgis and Blackhills.

    Boss Hawg

  2. 2 KAOS Aug 12th, 2011 at 9:52 am

    Kudos to the hamsters, and to John Roshala who donated it back. Only in Sturgis, oh wait do i have to pay smri ( they don’t deserve capitol letters ) for typing the word Sturgis??

  3. 3 Woody Aug 12th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Impressive! I have to admit, I would’ve kept the bike if one of my tickets had been picked. That was really a fine thing to do, John. Good on ya! (anyone out there wanna buy a dozen “slightly used raffle tix?)

  4. 4 XH-D Rider Aug 12th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    From what I know this is the third year in a row they have raised over two hundred thousand.
    To bad we didn’t see the wild stuff they auction offed.
    Great Job Hamsters

  5. 5 1550tc Aug 12th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    Great evening and event , just too bad its so hard to get a ticket…………….Kudos to the hamsters,

  6. 6 C JAYE Oct 3rd, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I saw a roller at Desperado Junction that Mr. Nicklus created and donated for this fundraiser. I asked him how long he had been a member of this club and was told that he was NOT a Hamster but believes in helping children. I know he continues to give to many charities and for that we are all thankful! He is such a wonderful person that does this out of the goodness of his heart and does not expect anything in return – we and our children appreciate his continued support.

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