More than Just a Fundraiser
This October marked the 20th year of the Bruce Rossmeyer Ride for Children, raising money for Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis Florida. Hundreds of motorcyclists from all over the nation gathered at Bruce Rossmeyer Harley-Davidson in Ormond Beach, Florida to gear up for the ride to the Camp. The late Bruce Rossmeyer started the fundraising ride for children before the camp was built over 20 years ago. According to most who knew him, Bruce’s passion for children was unsurpassed by anything and he would be proud of what the ride has come to stand for today.
What is Camp Boggy Creek?
Located near Orlando, Fl., Camp Boggy Creek serves children ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses. The camp allows children and their families the chance to participate in activities they may not be able to do otherwise. Catching their first fish, horseback riding, and climbing the camps famous rope tower all while making new friends are just a few examples of what the camp has to offer.
How does the Annual Ride Raise Money?
The festivities started Saturday night with the Rossmeyer’s annual fundraising gala held under the Coca-Cola Pavillon which is conveniently located at Bruce Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona. As the sun set, hundreds of bikers arrived to the pavilion ready to open their wallets and donate to the Camp. There were several ways to donate, but it was clear that the highlight and most looked forward to part of the evening was their infamous auction. The auction started off with a hefty donation of $100,000 from title sponsor John Hamlin of Hamlin & Associates. Several items were then auctioned off including a fancy watch straight from the wrist of Mad Men actor John Slattery.
After a night filled with celebrating Camp Boggy Creek and the life of Bruce Rossmeyer, it was time for the Sunday morning ride to Eustis. The Florida heat subsided for the day allowing the bikers to enjoy a rare cool day on their bike ride. I spoke to a lot of riders who have been participating in the fundraiser since day one as well as a lot of first time riders, which encourages the legacy Bruce Rossmeyer left behind and ultimately offering even more support for the children of Camp Boggy Creek.
Celebrity Grand Marshals
With the help of Tim Proctor, owner of Wooden Cross Productions I was able to interview the Grand Marshals of the ride, actor John Slattery of the series Mad Men, Jody Perewitz, who holds the world record for being the fastest woman to ride an American V-twin motorcycle over 200mph, and Bagger Nation founder, Paul Yaffe.