The international motorcycle group Hamsters USA raised $222,967 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 6th.
Funds raised will provide physical, occupational, and speech therapies, plus special educational and psychological services to 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 for the last six years, 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.
Paul Yaffe honored with 7th annual Chrome Heart Award
Hamster member Paul Yaffe 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.” He is pictured here at center with Hamsters USA spokesman Grady Pfeiffer and Children’s Care Foundation President Jessica Wells.
Paul is a well-known and sought-after motorcycle designer/builder (Paul Yaffe Originals) and the owner of “Bagger Nation,” which provides products to customize standard motorcycles. This spring Paul and a group of his Hamster USA friends gathered together for friendship and fun at Arizona Bike Week 2012. The event raised $32,000 to help bring outreach and outpatient services to children in the Black Hills region of South Dakota.
Their generosity will impact the lives of over 700 children who would not otherwise have such access to specialized, pediatric therapy and special education services. The inscription on the award read:
Evidence of his generous spirit and caring heart can be seen throughout
the motorcycle community and beyond.
Because he has shown such care and dedication to children,
the 2012 Chrome Heart Award is presented to
While many know him for his talent and creativity with motorcycles,
we know and honor him for using that talent and generosity to help provide
specialized healthcare and education for thousands of children across the nation.
Children’s Care Hospital & School and Hamsters USA
This 6th day of August, 2012
Spearfish, South Dakota