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NEWS UPDATE: City of Sturgis kicks off Rally Gives Back campaign
September 4, 2018

September 4, 2018


Contact: Christina Steele

Public Information Officer
(605)347-4422 ext. 6

NEWS UPDATE: City of Sturgis kicks off ‘Rally Gives Back’ campaign.
STURGIS, SD - The Sturgis City Council will kick off the 2018 Rally Gives Back campaign on
Tuesday, September 4 with significant donations to local charities. The funding comes from
several events held by the City, SMRi, and Sponsors during the 2018 Sturgis® Motorcycle

Sturgis City Manager, Daniel Ainslie, says the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ hosts not only
motorcycles, food and music, it also generates thousands of dollars to help local charities
provide services to Black Hills Communities year around. The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ is
often a significant funding source for many of our non-profit agencies.



The following list includes several of the donations made possible by the Sturgis Motorcycle

Donation Source Recipient Amount
SMRi Sturgis Rally Charities* $ 50,000
City of Sturgis Sturgis Rally Charities* $ 19,575
(Sponsor) Brown-Forman Sturgis Scholarship Fund $ 10,000
(Sponsor) Brown-Forman Sturgis/Meade County Sr. Center $ 10,000
Legendary 5K Run Sturgis Arts Council $ 1,000
Mayor’s Poker Tournament Sturgis Fire Department $ 797
Mayor’s Ride Sturgis Fire Department $ 7,500
Mayor’s Ride Fire Station Lot $ 7,500
Mayor’s Ride Police Reserve Program $ 5,000
Mayor’s Ride Sturgis Ambulance $ 7,500
Mayor’s Ride Wounded Warriors $ 373
Mayor’s Ride Sturgis Animal Shelter $ 2500
Mayor’s Ride VFW of Deadwood $ 2,000
Mayor’s Ride United Way (employee match) $ 2,000
  Total Charitable Donations $125,745

*Sturgis Rally Charities is a local, non-profit foundation that re-distributes donated funds to local
non-profit agencies within the greater Sturgis area.


Additionally, thousands of charitable dollars are raised by private organizations and businesses.
This year, the Hamster’s USA organization was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
During their 40+ years of philanthropic efforts, the Hamster’s have raised $282,000 for
LifeScape Children’s Care of Rapid City. These funds all stay local to support children with
disabilities in Western South Dakota.