The TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers will hold its 4th Annual "Takin' the Ride" motorcycle event on Sunday, March 29, 2009 as part of Arizona Bike Week. Victory Motorcycles, Big Dog Motorcycles, and the Blue Knights Chapter VI of Arizona are co-hosting the event.
Immediately following the ride, the Fort McDowell Casino will host an outdoor barbecue and live concert, featuring local singer and songwriter Brandon Shepard and Country Music Artist Mark Wills, a deputy reserve officer in Georgia, and a member of the TASER Foundation Board of Directors.
Celebrities riding in the event will include 3TV News anchor Scott Pasmore, and American Gladiator Don "Hollywood" Yates known by Gladiator fans as "Wolf."
Registration for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 29 at the headquarters of TASER International, located at 17800 North 85th Street, Scottsdale. The ride is slated to end at Fort McDowell at approximately 1:00 p.m.
The cost for the ride and barbecue is $40 per rider and $20 per passenger. Cost for the barbecue and concert is only $20.
For more information and to register online, go to TakintheRide.com.
"We encourage riders from across the Valley to join us on March 29 in our effort to raise funds for the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty across the United States and Canada," stated Kathy Hanrahan, President and CEO for the TASER Foundation. "We could not provide events like this without the assistance of our generous corporate sponsors and their continual commitment to these families who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe."
In addition to the Blue Knights Chapter VI, Victory Motorcycles, Big Dog Motorcycles and 3TV, event sponsors include: Dunkin' Donuts, Fort McDowell Casino, 5.11 Tactical, Just Water Inc., and Corporate Choice Promotions.
"One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will go to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, so please come out, show your support, and enjoy the beautiful ride through Scottsdale and Fountain Hills," added Hanrahan.
About the TASER Foundation
The TASER Foundation distributes financial memorial grants to the families of fallen officers in the United States and Canada through donations and an initial endowment of $1,000,000. Over half of the initial endowment came in direct contribution from TASER International employees with the balance contributed by the company. Onetime grants are available only upon request by chiefs of police and sheriffs as well as federal law enforcement executives in the name of sworn officers killed in the line of duty since August 1, 2004. The TASER Foundation's mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada lost in the line of duty by providing financial support to their families.
TASER International bears all of the administrative costs of the TASER Foundation in order to ensure 100 percent of all donations are distributed to the families of fallen officers. For further information contact Kathy Hanrahan, President and CEO of the TASER Foundation at Kathy@TASER.com or call 800-978-2737. Visit the TASER Foundation website at TASERFoundation.org for facts and video.