For the fifth consecutive year, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is sponsoring the True American Heroes Weekend, a fundraising event held at Kenny Roberts’ ranch in Modesto, California, to benefit Welcome Home Heroes and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation.
Yamaha has also donated a brand new Bolt C-Spec motorcycle to the True American Heroes Benefit Auction. The Bolt C-Spec is being customized into a Kenny Roberts flat-tracker tribute bike by Team Roberts, Jeff Palhegyi Design and Roland Sands Design, with help from Öhlins USA, Two Brothers Racing and Braap Shop Yamaha in Modesto.
The centerpiece of the Fifth Annual True American Heroes Weekend is the Benefit Dinner, which will be held on Friday, May 13, at 4 PM at Kenny Roberts’ ranch, and features Special Guest Of Honor Colonel Willard A. “Willy” Buhl, USMC, former Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and currently with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, California. Attendees will get a personal tour of Kenny’s private museum located right at the ranch, followed by dinner catered by celebrated chef Alan Greeley, owner of The Golden Truffle in Costa Mesa, California.
Also attending the Dinner will be Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Jr, Kurtis Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Roland Sands and Marty Smith, along with actress and Kenny Roberts fan Bo Derek, actors R. Lee Ermey and Kevyn Major Howard, TV personality and American music executive Barry Weiss, star of A&E’s “Storage Wars,” Bruce Brown, producer, director, and narrator of the iconic 1971 Oscar-nominated film “On Any Sunday,” and several representatives of America’s military elite.
Seating for the True American Heroes Dinner is very limited, and tickets are $600 per person. To attend, call Michael Utt at 209-765-9317 or email your inquiry to Info@KennyRoberts.com or email@example.com.
After the True American Heroes Dinner on Friday night, auctioneer Justin Trick will conduct a live auction to benefit Welcome Home Heroes. Along with the customized Bolt C-Spec up for bids, the auction will also include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items and lots of additional motorsports merchandise.
As a special follow-up to the True American Heroes Dinner, the 12th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. May Day Memorial Ride will be held the next day, Saturday, May 14. Kenny Roberts and several other American motorcycle racing heroes are scheduled to ride in the event aboard motorcycles provided by Yamaha. The ride is free and open to the public, and hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors and airmen are expected to attend.
From its start in Modesto to its completion at Castle Airport in Atwater, California, the Memorial Ride will be escorted by motorcycle units from the Modesto Police Department, the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol, ensuring a safe and uninterrupted run through central California.
At the Memorial Ride’s Conclusion at Castle Airport, there will be a special Salute To Peacemakers, Peacekeepers and Protectors, along with live music, free food and drinks, a custom motorcycle display and a display of military aircraft.
Welcome Home Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized to provide assistance to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military in their transition from active duty to private life. Last year, the True American Heroes Dinner and Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Ride raised more than $130,000. Visit TrueAmericanHero.org or WelcomeHomeHeroes.org for more information.