Modesto, CA – March 23, 2018 – After six successful yearly events at Kenny Roberts’ ranch in Modesto, California, the True American Heroes Weekend--a fundraising event that benefits “Welcome Home Heroes” and the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation--moves to the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, California, for 2018. The Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend will be held in conjunction with The Quail Motorcycle Gathering on the weekend of May 5-6, 2018.
Sponsors for the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend are Cycle Gear, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires, Motion Pro, Saddlemen Motorcycle Seats and Components, PJ1 Brands, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.
True American Heroes Benefit Dinner
The centerpiece of the Seventh Annual True American Heroes Weekend is the Benefit Dinner, which will be held on Saturday night, May 5, beginning at 6 PM at Quail Lodge & Golf Club. The gourmet meal will be prepared by the Quail Lodge & Golf Club’s Executive Chef Brian Kearns and his expert staff.
Joining three-time Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion and 2017 Quail “Legend of the Sport” Kenny Roberts as Special Guests at the Benefit Dinner will be four-time Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Eddie Lawson, Motorcycle Grand Prix World Champion Kenny Roberts Junior, four-time AMA National Champion Bubba Shobert, AMA Grand National Champion Mert Lawwill, 2013 Pikes Peak Champion Carlin Dunne, and former AMA Superbike standout Thad Wolff.
Seating for the True American Heroes Dinner is very limited, and tickets are $400 per person, $600 per couple, or $3,000 for a table of 10 people. To attend, call Michael Utt at 209-765-9317 or send an email to Admin@KennyRoberts.com
True American Heroes Benefit Auction
Immediately following the True American Heroes Dinner on Saturday night, a live auction will be held to benefit Welcome Home Heroes. The showcase item at the Benefit Auction is a 2018 Yamaha XSR700 that was donated by Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., and customized by Kenny Roberts and his expert crew, with assistance from renowned bike builder Jeff Palheghyi. The XSR700 has been customized to closely resemble Kenny’s famous TZ750 flat-tracker, the machine on which he famously won the 1975 Indy Mile.
“I may have once said about that TZ750 Miler that ‘they don’t pay me enough to ride that thing’ but this Yamaha XSR700 that my team and I put together is a bike that I’d want to ride again and again,” Roberts said. “And, I’m sure whoever bids the highest for it at the Benefit Auction will feel the same way about the bike as me.”
Along with the one-of-a kind, KR-customized Yamaha XSR700 up for bids, the Auction will also include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items, bronze statues, paintings, and other motorsports merchandise.
14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride
As a special follow-up to the True American Heroes Dinner, the 14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride will be held the next day on Sunday, May 6. The Ride will begin in the parking lot of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club.
Kickstands go up at 8 AM, and Kenny Roberts, Eddie Lawson, Kenny Roberts Junior, Bubba Shobert, Mert Lawwill, Carlin Dunne, and Thad Wolff will lead the Ride through and around the picturesque Monterey Peninsula where it will conclude at Moto Talbott Motorcycle Museum in Carmel Valley. Lunch will be provided at the Museum, and there will be a special Salute To Peacemakers, Peacekeepers and Protectors.
Admission to the 14th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. May Day Memorial Ride is included with your ticket to the True American Heroes Dinner, or $50 if you only want to participate in the Ride. Hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen are expected to attend. To join the Ride, call Michael Utt at 209-765-9317 or send an email to Admin@KennyRoberts.com
About Welcome Home Heroes
Welcome Home Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized to provide assistance to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military in their transition from active duty to private life. Last year, the True American Heroes Dinner and Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride raised more than $130,000. For more information, visit TrueAmericanHero.org/ or WelcomeHomeHeroesFoundation.org