The ominous forecast and thunderheads didn’t stop hundreds of motorcycle riders from coming out on Sunday, July 8th to participate in The 2nd Annual Utah 1033 Ride. Everyone had an amazing day, highlighted by an Honor Guard ceremony at Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake City, and by incredibly moving speeches from Audreay Powers, Ken Wallentine of The Utah Attorney General’s Office, and Officer Ben Francom, brother of fallen Master Police Officer Jared Francom. The Ride itself — designed to be scenic under any conditions — was made even more so by a brief squall (see YouTube footage from one of our riders here; the rain kicks in at about the 4:45 mark). But everyone came through their impromptu rinsing with smiles on their faces, made even bigger by the knowledge that they were part of something special, and that they had raised so much money for such a worthy cause. Between registration fees, merchandise sales, the live auction, and our event sponsors, we collectively raised over $20,000 for families of Utah’s fallen officers!
The entire team at The Utah 1033 Foundation would like express our deepest gratitude to everyone who came out and participated, to Ride Czar extraordinaire Mary Lee Robinson for her tireless organization and leadership, to all of our volunteers, to our emcees Mick and Allen from KBER 101 and Scott McKane from FOX 13, to Audreay Powers, Ken Wallentine, and Ben Francom for their heartfelt remarks from the stage, to The Metal Dogs for their wonderful showmanship, and to all our sponsors:
Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake City
Wasatch Bagel & Grill
Creative Culture Insignia, LLC
Jeremy and Kristin Andrus Family Giving Fund
Robert J. DeBry & Associates
Utah 1033 Foundation Board Member Ed Esber and wife Peggy
Performance Autoplex Bountiful
The Metal Dogs
Utah 1033 Foundation Co-Founders Mona and Tore Steen
The Utah Department of Public Safety
Thanks again so much to all who participated, and we can’t wait to do it again next year!