The "Harley of Hope," a custom-painted 2013 Harley-Davidson Dyna Switchback, will be unveiled today at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown at noon.
Chris Maida of CMDesignz is responsible for the custom paint job, which has yet to be seen, even by the Kids and Cancer Benefit Run committee. Precautions are being taken by Harley-Davidson of Jamestown to ensure that no one catches a glimpse of the bike until its official unveiling. Maida assures that everyone will be "blown away" by his artistic concept. Families who have received assistance from the organization will be on hand to do the honors.
One lucky Kids and Cancer Motorcycle Benefit Run supporter will win the custom Switchback, which came from Harley-Davidson of Jamestown. Tickets are available at the dealership's Parts & Accessories Counter or through a Chautauqua-Kinzua H.O.G. member for $20 or six for $100. The drawing will take place following the 16th annual Kids and Cancer Motorcycle Benefit Run on Saturday, July 20. The runner up will receive two tickets to the Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen and $250 cash. The second runner up will receive a $250 Harley-Davidson of Jamestown gift card. For more information visit kidsandcancerbenefitrun.com.
Since the inaugural Kids and Cancer Run in 1998, the committee has been able to donate more than $200,000 to individuals, medical facilities, cancer-related organizations, and various service clubs that benefit children and their families by selling tickets for the "Harley of Hope" raffle.
Each year, ticket buyers have a chance to win a current model year Harley-Davidson motorcycle. The C-K H.O.G. Chapter was able to sell 200 tickets during the 2012 riding season, raising $3,000 for the benefit. The chapter has pledged to donate the money it receives back from ticket sales to individuals in need within the local community. That sum from the 2012 ticket sales amounted to $1,000.