Back in November we shared an interview with Tom Larson, founder of Motorcycle Relief Project (MRP), an organization created to help military veterans and first responders manage the effects of PTSD and other injuries. MRP held its annual fundraiser in December and Tom sent us the following update.
On Saturday December 1st, 2018 the team from Motorcycle Relief Project held their annual fundraiser dinner in the showroom of Performance Cycle of Colorado, one of the largest motorcycle gear, parts and accessories retail stores in the world. Nearly 200 friends and family of MRP gathered to celebrate the successes of 2018 and to raise money for the 2019 season. Powerful testimonies were shared by several of the veteran and first responder alumni. Attendees enjoyed good food and libations while bidding on silent and live auction items including everything from motorcycle gear to vacations in Hawaii and Belize.
The spirit of generosity flowed as some live auction item winners donated their winning bid amount to MRP while at the same time offering the actual auction item to the second highest bidder at their last bid amount, which effectively doubled the net donation to MRP for the item. One lucky winner won a one-day rental of the record-setting World’s Fastest BMW GS; another won a day’s ride in Greta, the MRP sidecar, to be driven by MRP Founder and President Tom Larson. Altogether nearly $115,000 was raised over the course of the evening, amounting to approximately a third of the organization’s budget for 2019.
Motorcycle Relief Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides relief to veterans and first responders with PTSD and other related issues by taking them on structured and professionally-led dual-sport motorcycle adventures. Its mission is to honor and encourage veterans and first responders who are struggling and provide them with opportunities to decompress, get unstuck, connect with like-minded peers, and gain new perspectives and skills for dealing with their issues, relationships and futures.
Tom and the MRP team are grateful to those who supported the event through generous financial and product donations. Motorcycle Relief Project relies on the financial generosity of those within and outside of the motorcycle industry, and teams with many riders, clubs, foundations and corporations to accomplish their critical mission. For more information on MRP or to donate go to motorelief.org. For corporate sponsorships or strategic partnerships contact Dale Pyne, MRP Director of Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read our Interview with MRP founder Tom Larson.