July 2, 2012 – BOSTON – New England-area motorcycle enthusiasts are kick starting their bikes and riding in the second annual Ride for Our Heroes on Saturday September 22. Ride for Our Heroes supports the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program’s services for veterans and families affected by combat stress and traumatic brain injury (TBI) – the “invisible wounds of war”. Home Base provides clinical care and support services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families throughout New England; education for the community about the invisible wounds of war and challenges facing military families; and research to improve the understanding and treatment of PTSD and TBI.
The Ride for Our Heroes will kick-off at three locations – one in Rhode Island and two in New Hampshire – with special guest speakers, military leaders, celebrities and an opening ceremony. Riders will finish the trip with a celebratory Appreciation Party hosted by 100.7FM WZLX Boston’s Classic Rock at Fort Devens in Devens, Massachusetts which includes a complimentary BBQ, family activities, raffle and live music by the 1970s Classic Rock band, Foghat.
“The biker community has a long history of riding to support veterans. We hope the Ride for Our Heroes continues this great tradition to honor those who are affected by the “invisible wounds of war” – post traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury. We are very pleased to work with the biker community on this event and hope non-bikers get involved as well by attending the post-ride concert,” said Michael Allard, Chief Operating Officer of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program.
Starting locations will be the Pawtucket Rhode Island VFW, the Bristol New Hampshire VFW and Manchester Harley-Davidson in Manchester, New Hampshire.
“The Ride for Our Heroes has all the right elements for New England-area bikers; a tremendous cause of serving veterans and families, three starting locations so all bikers in New England can participate, food and fun activities for family members, and a great after-party concert. We are delighted to serve as one of the starting locations,” said Steve Talarico, President of Manchester Harley-Davidson and DIRICO Motorcycles USA.
Riding is not a requirement to support the event. Supporters who do not wish to ride may attend the post-ride Appreciation Party hosted by 100.7FM WZLX by purchasing tickets on line. For those interested in showing their support for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, donations can be made online.
To pre-register for the ride, purchase Foghat concert/BBQ tickets, make a donation or learn more, please visit www.rideforourheroes.org.
For veterans and family members who want more information about the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program visit www.homebaseprogram.org. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-724-5202, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program
The Home Base Program was created in 2009 to serve Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and families affected by combat or deployment-related stress and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – the “invisible wounds of war.” The Home Base Program: provides clinical care and support services for service members, veterans and families throughout New England; offers community education about the “invisible wounds of war” and the challenges facing military families; conducts research to improve the understanding and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and TBI. It is estimated that as many as one in three Iraq and Afghanistan veterans experience the effects of one of these injuries.
The Home Base Program is a philanthropic partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. For information about the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, please visit www.homebaseprogram.org.
About WZLX Boston’s Classic Rock
100.7FM WZLX Boston’s Classic Rock is owned and operated by CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States. A division of CBS Corporation, CBS RADIO operates 127 radio stations, the majority of which are in the nation’s top 50 markets. CBS RADIO also owns and operates WBZ-AM NewsRadio 1030, WBZ-FM 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBMX-FM MIX 104.1, and WODS-FM Boston’s New 103.3 AMP Radio all in Boston.
The British rock quartet settled in New York in the late 1970’s, and began their domination of album rock radio and concert venues throughout the states. The one and only Foghat continues to be one of the most recognizable bands touring today. Hits include: “SLOW RIDE”, “FOOL FOR THE CITY”, “MUMBO JUMBO”, “I JUST WANT TO MAKE LOVE TO YOU”, and “DRIVIN’ WHEEL”.