Proving again that bikers have big hearts for kids, the international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $221,504 for Children’s Care of Rapid City in fundraising events this year, culminating with their annual gathering in Spearfish during the Sturgis Rally on Monday, August 5th. Funds raised will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus psychological services, to hundreds of children in Western South Dakota–plus parts of Wyoming–through Children’s Care of Rapid City.
Hamsters USA has raised and donated funds at their annual meeting each year, 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.
Hamster member Urban Hirsch, III received the Chrome Heart Award, presented by Children’s Care to honor individuals in the motorcycle world “whose philanthropic support and civic duty represents everything positive in the industry and sport of motorcycling.” Urban Hirsch, III is the founder and president of Ink Systems, Inc., based in southern California.
His interests outside the industry include a superb antique motorcycle collection, and a fine art collection with a focus on lithographs and engravings, with some dating back more than 400 years. Urban was selected for the 2013 Chrome Heart Award not only for his commitment to the health and well-being of children in the Black Hills area, but also for his heavy involvement with the Casa Youth Shelter and the Inner City Arts Program in California.
The inscription on the award read:
For His Commitment To The Motorcycle Community And Especially For His Generosity And Dedication To The Health And Well-Being Of Children,
This 2013 Chrome Heart Award Is Presented To
Urban Hirsch, III
His Generous Spirit Has Given Those Less Fortunate Opportunities To Thrive And Create Their Dreams.
Children’s Care Hospital & School and Hamsters, USA
This Day Of August 5, 2013
Spearfish, South Dakota
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.