One of the most important events of Daytona Bike Week, this 5th edition of Biker Fusion organized by Carrie Repp of R&R Promotions and Ken Conte of Rise Above Consulting attracted more than 600 industry guests and supporters of the motorcycle industry and raised more than $16,000 for Soldiers’ Angels, a volunteer-led non-profit that provides aid and comfort to active servicemen and women of the U.S. military as well as veterans and their families. Funds contributed last week bring the total raised during the event’s five-year run to more than $75,000.
Highlights included an appearance by Victory Motorcycles special guest Sergeant Major Harold G. Overstreet, USMC retired, the 12th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps (1991-1995), as well as a live auction of a variety of products from sponsors and supporters. Fusion supporters also witnessed the unveiling of a custom Victory Motorcycles ride designed for legendary Marine and Drill Instructor R. Lee Ermey, a.k.a. “The Gunny.” Gunny’s new ride was custom designed and painted by the Victory Industrial Design staff. Polaris Motorcycles built this bike for him to ride in Daytona and at future military support rides.
“The support we’ve gotten from individuals and the industry as a whole has been amazing,” said Ken Conte “To be able to bring industry notables, leading companies, and regular riders together in this way, to benefit a great cause, is very gratifying.” “Once again, the way the community and the industry rally together to benefit those who’ve served our country is just awesome,” said Carrie Repp“Our hosts, Dave Perewitz, Paul Yaffe and Steve Broyles did a great job, and we are so honored to have so many people come out to help veterans, those actively serving, and their families.” Biker Fusion has quickly become an industry staple and event organizers hope to continue raising funds for our troops for many years to come (top picture @michael lichter, others @horst roesler)
Event sponsors for the 5th Annual Biker Fusion Party included: The Doghouse Bar and Grill; Kandgcycles.com; Spectro Oil; Rise Above Consulting; R&R Promotions; Hot Leathers; Ride Wright Wheels; San Diego Harley-Davidson; Panama City Beach Motorcycle Week; Precision Billet and Victory Motorcycles.
An auction and raffle items featured products from Ace Café North America; Choppers Inc.; Danny Gray Seats; Michael Lichter Photography; Hardcore Watch Company by Steve Soffa; Covingtons Customs; Wolfgang Publishing; Arlen Ness; Buck Lovell Photography; Paul Yaffe; Stevenson’s Cycle; Deadwood Tobacco; Fab Kevin Steel Chopper Parts; Indian Larry Motorcycles; Fred Kodlin; David Uhl; Sara Liberte.