Remebering 9/11: A Ride to Pay Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes

LONG BEACH, CA (August 1, 2011) ACCORD Community First, a Long Beach non-profit, announces a tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes and first responders on September 11th, 2011. This year marks the10th Anniversary of the nation’s tragedy and the 9th year of the Remember 911 Motorcycle Ride. The Official Ride will wind its way from Cooks Corner in Trabuco Canyon, Orange County; west to the coast; north up Pacific Coast Highway passing through southern California beach communities; and ending at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing in Long Beach. Riders will be met with cheering crowds, families and friends, first responders and patriotic American’s of all types along the route.

Participants are able to register as an Official Rider at http://www.remember911ride.com

Information about making personal donations to the Remember 911 Memorial Fund; details about the days FREE Tribute Concert, Military flyover and Fireworks celebration as they unfold can also be found on the site.

It all started 10 years ago with local Long Beach Fireman Gary Biggerstaff who upon returning from Ground Zero started a west coast tradition by building a memorial of  343 crosses with the names of each of the fallen in his front yard for the public to honor those who perished on 9/11. In the years following, he and a few friends added a solemn motorcycle “Ride of Honor” which has grown to include thousands of volunteers and more than 1700 Riders from all over southern California passing through three counties along the way.

This year partnering with ACCORD, the ride will end in Long Beach at McKenna’s on the Bay at Alamitos Bay Landing and culminate with a dedication ceremony, a special FREE tribute concert, Military fly over and commemorative fireworks display to close the day on the West Coast the evening of 9/11. This year the encore event will mark the first year the Ride will establish a fund that will go to Firefighters and selected Charities in Long Beach, Orange and Los Angeles Counties, so that we may honor the lives of the brave men and women who serve as our first responders. The day’s goal is to “never forget’ as we continue to remember those who have served us to keep our nation free.

Biggerstaff says “honoring these fallen heroes and their families has always been my mission.” Since that fatal day and for the past (10) years Gary, friends and volunteers have honored our fallen with a solemn vigil in his neighborhood and on the 911 Ride to Remember. It has grown to be more than the neighborhood is able to handle with thousands returning each year. “This year we hope to keep the memory of 9/11 fresh in the hearts and minds of every American with this Tribute and by establishing a Memorial Fund that will bring to mind the memory of America’s heroes each year going forward”, adds Biggerstaff.

ACCORD Community First is a non-profit workforce development organization that provides training and support for unemployed, challenged youth and military in the 9-county southern California region. ACCORD has become the organizing arm of GaryBiggerstaff’s10 year project to honor and support America’s first responders. For more information please visit the website or call: David Zanatta at: 562 244 7644 for details, donations and sponsorships for the event.

Ride4Love Motorcycle Charity Challenges Riders

San Diego, CA, April 18th, 2011 – Men For A Cause announces the 2011 Ride4Love, the largest one-day motorcycle ride in Southern California designed to raise money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Scheduled to be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, proceeds raised from Ride4Love will go to support breast cancer educational seminars and health screenings. Men For A Cause is seeking riders, corporate sponsors and volunteers, more information can be found by visiting http://www.ride4love.org .

Men For A Cause, United Against Breast Cancer™ is the first and only nonprofit organization founded to educate, motivate and empower men in the fight against breast cancer in both women and men internationally as survivors and co-survivors. Men For A Cause teaches men to better support the women they love when breast cancer strikes while teaching men they can get breast cancer too.

Ride4Love is challenging motorcycle enthusiasts, cancer fighters, breast cancer awareness supporters and survivors to take part in a grassroots awareness and fundraising event. The onsite registration will begin at the Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, 92108 San Diego, the day of the event at 8 a.m. The charitable ride is approximately 60-miles with the route running up Pacific Coast Highway 101 to highway 76 winding through beach communities, ending 1.5 hours later at the Beautiful Pala Casino Spa & Resort and concluding with a health and fitness expo, fund-raising auction and live music.

The donation to participate in the ride starts as low as $45 per rider. As a special thank you for supporting the event every Ride4Love participant will receive a free vacation package! The first 200 registrants receive UltraStar Cinema movie tickets and the first 500 participants receive a free Breast Cancer Awareness Flag Ride Patch. To date, Ride4Love sponsors include Men For A Cause, Pala Casino Spa & Resort, T.R. Miller Co., Inc., One Hope Wine, San Diego Harley Davidson, Cure Magazine and Ultra Stars Cinemas.

“It’s a great opportunity for companies to sponsor this unique event by making a donation. Men For A Cause is focused on bringing men and women together in the fight for a cure. We already have some great sponsors who want to have their name associated with this charitable event and we are actively seeking others who care about this cause and want to join together in this fight.”

- Anthony May, Men For A Cause Founder & Cancer Co-survivor