PICKERINGTON, OHIO -- To celebrate its new "MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles" exhibit, the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is offering enthusiasts the opportunity to take home a piece of exhibit-themed memorabilia while supporting a good cause.
The Museum will host a gala charity auction, featuring items donated by notable athletes, musicians, actors, artists, bike builders and industry leaders, on Friday, June 27, 2008.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit donors' selected charities, including the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF).
The auction, part of the "MotoStars: Celebrities + Motorcycles" grand opening weekend, will be held at the Museum in Pickerington, Ohio. For those who cannot make the trip to bid live on June 27, the auction will be open online May 21 - June 25, 2008.
Snoopy Rides for Kids
The first item benefiting PBTF is a "Joe Motocross" Snoopy statue. This unique piece of art, which stands five feet tall, honors legendary "Peanuts" creator Charles M. Schulz, who introduced millions of people to the sport of motocross in the book and movie, "You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown."
Ken and Ruth Chambers, former owners of Jim & Jim's, a motorcycle shop in Santa Rosa, Calif., donated the statue. The longtime friends of the Schulz family are also longtime fundraisers for the PBTF's Ride for Kids® program.
"The statue is completely unique, and nothing like it will ever be produced again," says Ruth Chambers, noting that Charles Schulz' son Craig designed Snoopy's helmet, boots and chest protector.
Celebrity Honda also Benefits PBTF
The PBTF will also receive proceeds from the auction of a 2006 Honda VTX1300 ridden by actor Francesco Quinn in the Quentin Tarantino-produced biker movie "Hell Ride."
HClick here to bid on Francesco Quinn's bike from the film "Hell Ride." Photo by Randall Cordero.
Quinn, the son of legendary actor Anthony Quinn, launched his career in "Platoon" (1986) and has since starred in numerous movies. He will personally autograph the Honda for the winning bidder.
Guests at the Museum auction on June 27 will be able to bid on rare machines and memorabilia while mingling with celebrities, Motorcycle Hall of Famers and other enthusiasts. Advance tickets are required for attendance. Go to the Museum's website or call 614-856–2222 to pre-register. A portion of the $100 ticket is tax-deductible.
About the PBTF Ride for Kids®
Since 1984, the national Ride for Kids® program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) have promoted childhood brain tumor research and provided family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. With the help of America's motorcycling community, the PBTF has become the world's largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research.
The 25th PBTF Ride for Kids® season continues on Sunday, June 1, 2008, in Atlanta and Richmond. For more information, go to www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.