The IAM Midwest Territory hosted its 13th annual “Rides for Guides” Motorcycle Charity Ride on July 16 in Deadwood, SD. The event raised $17,656 for Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines (GDA), which provides guide dogs at no cost to people who are visually impaired, veterans suffering from PTSD, and children with autism.
This year’s ride toured 182 miles through Sturgis, Vanocker Canyon Road, the Pactola Reservoir, Hill City, and Custer State Park. This ride saw the highest participation in 13 years of the event with 53 drivers and 38 passengers.
“My thanks to all the participants, District Lodges, Local Lodges, businesses and sponsors for always generously supporting the Midwest’s ‘Rides for Guides’ Motorcycle Charity Ride,” said IAM Midwest Territory General Vice President Steve Galloway. “A special thank you to Midwest Territory staff for their hard work running a safe, fun, and successful event. It was great to see more people than ever before and we’re already looking forward to next year.”
The 2022 ‘Rides for Guides’ was directly followed by the IAM’s Kourpias K-9 Classic, which was also hosted by the Midwest Territory and benefits Guide Dogs of America – Tender Loving Canines. The Kourpias ride is hosted by a different IAM territory every year.
For more information about these and other IAM Midwest Territory events that benefit Guide Dogs of America, visit the Spirit of the Midwest website at SpiritoftheMidwest.org.
For more information on Guide Dogs of America, visit GuideDogsofAmerica.org.