Last month's influx of motorcycle enthusiasts into downtown Raleigh for the 12th annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest made a big impact for two important veterans organizations. Bikers donated $11,393 to the USO of North Carolina and U.S. Veteran’s Corps during Bikefest.
“Our biker friends came from all over and participated in all the fun to help raise money for the USO of North Carolina and the U.S. Veterans Corps,” said Mark Hendrix, general manager of Ray Price, Inc., and organizer of the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest.
Charitable donation opportunities during Capital City Bikefest included: the TattooFest, Patriot Ride, Parade of Lights, a silent auction as well as a photo platform and drop buckets on Fayetteville St.
This year’s TattooFest was the largest to date, thanks to Warlock’s Tattoos. The popular shop helped organize 16 tattoo artists representing one New York and seven North Carolina tattoo shops. Everyone agreed to donate one-half of all proceeds, and the result of Warlock’s efforts helped contribute $7,902 in donations to the Bikefest charities.
“Area bikers, tattoo artists and visitors to town stepped up big for charity during Bikefest weekend,” said Hendrix. “We all honor the legacy of our founder Ray Price when we embody his passion for philanthropy.”
About Ray Price Capital City Bikefest, presented by GEICO Motorcycle
Ray Price Capital City Bikefest was formed in 2005 in partnership with the City of Raleigh to become North Carolina’s first downtown motorcycle rally, which helped to bring the roar of life back downtown. Capital City Bikefest has been named the nation’s best event by Dealernews and is presented in cooperation with GEICO Motorcycle and organized by the Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph dealerships.
For 34 years, Ray Price has served as the center of motorcycle culture in North Carolina and was named “Retailer of the Year” by the N.C. Retail Merchants Association in 2015. The dealership actively supports philanthropy projects to raise money for charity through rides, cookoffs and diverse cultural celebrations like Capital City Bikefest.