It is considered the unofficial start to the Sturgis Rally. On Monday August 5th, the celebrity charity event gave 400 rally-goers paying to charity $150 per motorcycle (number of participants is limited) the chance to ride alongside such celebrities as Dee Snyder of heavy metal band Twister Sister, Arlen Ness, Corey Ness, Zach Ness, Jim “Hacksaw” Duggan, Robbie Knievel custom builders too numerous to list.
Participants were treated to a catered reception with live music from the rockabilly band The Living Deads and a live auction, which featured a custom bike that sold to the highest bidder at $55,000 and an celeryty signed Epiphone guitar at $1700.
With the help of hundreds of riders, the Buffalo Chip was able to present a check for $81,490 to the Black Hills Special Olympics and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame on stage after a performance by blues phenomenon, Jared James Nichols. Orange County Choppers also got in on the evening of generosity by giving away a custom chopper on the stage to wounded combat veteran, Robert Five, following the evening Doobie Brothers’ performance.
Bigger and better than ever, the traffic stopping thundering ride started at 2.30 pm at the Silverado-Franklin in Deadwood for a scenic ride in the Black Hills and ended at the Legendary Buffalo Chip amphitheater for a performance by the Doobie Brothers followed by Kid Rock, both shows filmed for CMT’s Bike Week.
Photography. 1- Bikers and celebrities gathering front of Deadwood Silverado-Franklin hotel. The Nesses, Pat Simmons of Dobbie Brothers with Cannonballer wife Cris and photographer Michael Lichter. The young builders of the auctioned Harley bagger. Rod Woodruff, owner of the Buffalo Chip, receives some affection from highest bidder of the celebrity signed Epiphone guitar. Dee Snyder, lead singer of rock band Twisted Sister with Cyril Huze. Paul DeJiora creator Mitchell Hair Products and Patron Spirits, philanthropist. Mayson Moyer)