Chapter Community Reach in Billings

Chapter Community Reach in Billings

The love of riding motorcycles brought us together, but our love for each other and our community keeps us together. 2021 may have been the second year of the COVID pandemic, but our chapter had nearly doubled in membership and we had the ‘women’-power to manage two large fundraisers.

Our first event was the Billings Chapter Spring Opener Meet and Greet. Beartooth Harley-Davidson hosted us while we hired a photographer to capture the memories. We arranged for food trucks, raffle items, baskets, taco bar, and live music. At the end, we presented the YWCA Gateway House with a donation of $2,500!

The second fundraiser we participated in grew much larger than we had anticipated in a very short amount of time! We teamed up with Dog Tag Buddies and the Yellowstone American Legion Riders to host the Iron Butt Ride (1,000 miles in 24 hours), as well as, 300 and 500 mile “Solstice” rides in order to raise awareness and “add miles to the conversation” about suicide and suicide prevention. Our First Annual Ride for Tomorrow brought in over 50 riders from across Montana, North Dakota, and even a rider from California, all while bringing the suicide prevention conversation to each of the communities we visited with along the way. Our riders rode 52,518 total miles…in ONE day! It was absolutely amazing.

This year (2022) is going to be even bigger. We added another co-hosting organizer – the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Yellowstone Valley – and we have additional community sponsorship. Finally, we have also added the Bun Burner ride (1,500 miles in 36 hours).

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