Biggs Harley-Davidson in San Marcos will host a celebrity ride starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 29, to benefit Shelter to Soldier, a San Diego-based 501(c)3 nonprofit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them to become certified psychiatric service companions for post-9/11 combat veterans with PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries.
Radio personality Clint August from 101.5 KGB Classic Rock, Dr. Ken Druck, author and organizational consultant, and Sam Hay from the Oceanside Police Canine Officers’ Association will lead the ride starting at 11 a.m. from Biggs Harley-Davidson along a coastal route. Motorcycle riders can sign up to participate for a $10 donation in person at the Biggs dealership, 1040 Los Vallecitos Blvd., Suite 113, San Marcos, or by calling 760-481-7300. The event is free to the public, who can participate in a variety of fundraising activities throughout the day.
Festivities will begin with a hot waffle bar breakfast at 9 a.m., followed by a celebrity meet-and-greet at 10:45 a.m. before the start of the ride at 11 a.m. Opportunity drawing tickets will be for sale beginning at 11 a.m., and a silent auction goes live for bidding on items including a tool kit from Cornwell Tools and autographed professional sports memorabilia.
At noon, a barbecue lunch will be served while the Casey Hensley Band performs, followed by a canine unit show at 1:15 p.m. by the Oceanside Police Department. Shopping experiences at the Vendor Village will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring Harley-Davidson logo products; all proceeds will benefit Shelter to Soldier.
Every day on average, 22 U.S. veterans and one active-duty service member commit suicide, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs; and every 11 seconds, an animal is euthanized in the U.S. The services provided free by Shelter to Soldier to veterans and animals rescued from shelters fulfills the mission of this organization by “Saving Lives, Two at a Time.” Learn more by calling 855-CUS-TMK9 (855-287-8659) for a confidential interview regarding eligibility; visit www.sheltertosoldier.org.