Rolling Thunder XXV: Custom Tribute Bikes Pay Tribute to Those Who Serve at We R One Annual Fundraiser

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The We R One organization announces its annual fundraiser event, a motorcycle run, now in its fifth year. It will be held on June 23rd departing from Liberty Harley-Davidson in Rahway, NJ.

The We R One organization announces its annual fundraiser event, a motorcycle run, now in its fifth year. It will be held on June 23rd departing from Liberty Harley-Davidson in Rahway, NJ. We R One is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to educate and assist the men and women of our United States Military, Law Enforcement, Fire and First-Responders, paid and volunteer.

All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Combat Paper Project, which utilizes art making workshops to assist veterans in reconciling and sharing their personal experiences as well as broadening the traditional narrative surrounding service and the military culture. We R One was co-founded by Jeri Lamorte-Kopin after she noticed there was a great need in the community for a support group for those who serve.

The five custom Rolling Thunder XXV Tribute Bikes each representing a branch of the military will be on display at the annual We R One motorcycle run benefiting Combat Paper. The We R One Annual Fundraiser is the first stop on an extensive Tribute Bike Tour.

The bikes were first unveiled this Memorial Day weekend at the 25th Anniversary of the Rolling Thunder Demonstration Run in Washington, D.C., an event that attracts over 500,000 motorcycles and over a million attendees. The bikes led the Demonstration Run, also known as Ride For Freedom.

Four of the custom motorcycles were built by distinct builders: Brigitte Bourget of Bourget's Bike Works tribute to U. S. Marine Corps; Dar Holdsworth of Darwin Motorcycles tribute to U.S. Navy; Mike “Kiwi” Tomas of Kiwi Indian Motorcycle Company tribute to U.S. Coast Guard; and Billy Lane of Chopper's Inc., courtesy of Avon Correctional Facility tribute to U.S. Air Force.

Jay Allen, of Jay Allen’s Road Show and creator of the legendary Broken Spoke Saloon, managed the entire tribute build project. Allen’s custom built U.S. Army bike inspired the bike build concept back in August 2011 at Sturgis when he was approached by Walt Sides and Ted Shpak, executives of Rolling Thunder, Washington, D.C., Inc. "The tribute bikes have been unveiled and are now reporting for duty to pay tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces at events nationwide and overseas, " added Jay Allen.

Cost is a $15 donation to ride the scenic 55 mile route to benefit Combat Paper Project. The ride concludes at the Watchung Hill Elks Lodge #2252 in Warren, NJ, where there will be food, raffles, prizes, vendors, live music and the Rolling Thunder XXV Tribute Bike Presentation. Go to http://www.werone.info and http://www.combatpaper.org to learn more.

To read about the builders’ personal experience with the Tribute Bike Tour and unveiling go Rolling Thunder Run. To become a tour sponsor contact jayallensroadshow(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Media Contact: Jeri Lamorte-Kopin 732-259-0720

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