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Hot Harley Nights 2014 Raises Over $172K For Make A Wish!

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We look forward to Hot Harley Nights every year. Great people, lots of fun and music all to help sick kids in South Dakota. Following the 19th annual event that was held July 10-13, 2014, it’s obvious that YOU love it too!

J&L Harley Davidson, the founders of the fundraiser, have announced that a check will be written to Make-A-Wish of South Dakota for $172,763.04 from this year’s event!

This total does not reflect the in-kind donations that total over $174,000 plus the countless hours J&L Harley-Davidson and local organizers invest organizing, planning and preparing for this large event. The 19-year running total for Hot Harley Nights is well over two million dollars donated to Make-A-Wish South Dakota! This money will be used to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses throughout the state of South Dakota.

Over 1200 participants from 15 different states registered for the casino run. The motorcycle parade included over 4500 motorcycles and was enjoyed by thousands of spectators. Hot Harley Nights had 62 corporate sponsors plus 90 additional companies/individuals that contributed in some way. Over 550 Make-A-Wish volunteers made the event possible. An estimated crowd of over 35,000 people enjoyed the free Saturday evening festivities at the Falls Park West venue.

“We are excited to announce the results of this year’s event. Not only does this event raise a significant dollar to make wishes come true for ill children, but it also positively showcases Sioux Falls’ hospitality and generous nature of local businesses and the community. This is a great visible event for our city and I want to thank the huge number of people who make the event happen. We are very grateful to everyone who participated and they should be proud to know that the funds will stay in South Dakota and make many children’s wishes come true. Nothing compares to the power of a wish!” said Char Roth, Chief Financial Officer at J&L Harley-Davidson, event organizer and proud Make-A-Wish Wish Granter.

Planning has already begun on the 20th Annual Hot Harley Nights to be held July 9-12, 2015.

Fun Hot Harley Nights Facts:

550 Volunteers
Plus volunteers from Soroptimists International of Sioux Falls, Ecomaniacs, Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, Roller Dollz, National Guard, SF Police Explorers, committee, J&L Staff, Make-A-Wish Staff

20 Wish families volunteered
14 Awesome Wish Kids lead the parade

62 sponsoring companies
90 other companies and/or individuals contributed in some way (silent auction, live auction, raffles, etc.)
Live Auction raised over $8,000
Silent Auction of 100 items raised $13,915

ICE: 6.725 tons of ice – 13,450 pounds (269 50# bags)
6,984 bottles of water/pop sold
21,288 cans of beer

THANK YOU AGAIN for your continued support of Hot Harley Nights and Make A Wish of South Dakota. Can’t wait to see all of you, your friends and families at the 20th annual event next summer!

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