Rally Wrap Party planned to benefit local non profit
Although the Rally hasn't officially started yet, there are plans being made for a Rally Wrap Party, all for a cause, to help victims of sex trafficking.
STURGIS, S.D. — The idea sparked when filming in Sturgis for the documentary ‘Why We Ride’ Producer and Director Bryan Carroll and Buffalo Chip Owner Rod Woodruff had a conversation about doing a Rally Wrap party while fundraising money for a local nonprofit.
“Because we made a movie about positivity and about women and families, riding and we incorporated everybody into why we write,” says Carroll who is also the founder & CEO of MOTOvational.org. “It was very important ’cause the why we ride is exactly what is about is about the why. It’s about ‘we’ not ‘I’, and is about the ride, not the motorcycle.”
The nonprofit MOTOvational Inc. was born under the why we ride passion and does fundraising rides and events around the U.S.
“What started as a movie about passion we love has turned out it turned into something now that we can passionately help people who need help,” says Carroll.
Woodruff says that the Treasured Lives local nonprofit seemed like a perfect fit to benefit. The money going toward building the first ever crisis safe house for trafficking victims in our state.
“But I understand that something like only 1% of the people who escape or try to escape, you know, being in one of those slavery situations survives and that is really appalling Move to Trash thing so to have a crisis crisis center in South Dakota right here, a local charity again- we are just proud to have some way to make that happen. It’s a great opportunity to raise money,” Woodruff added. “I mean there’s a lot of people here. There are people from all over the country and there’s corporations that want to support this cause. I mean, it’s a worthy cause, and again, I’m not the only one that noticed. Not very many people are trying to do anything about it.”
Kelly Patterson is the the Executive Director of Treasured Lives, the only victim led anti trafficking effort in the state. She says the Midwest is not immune to the epidemic.
“Our message is to get the facts out that it happens every day in this state,” Patterson adds. “It happened to me. Sex trafficking happens all over this state and literally in every county in this state.”
Patterson says the number of victims they work with keeps going up – increasing the need for advocates and says, “We have more victims that we can work with sometimes and we are always looking for more advocates. We’ve been grateful for the ones we have, and we’ve built a really good group of them, but it takes one on one. You have to have one advocate to one survivor for the most part because the needs are so great the trauma is so great.”
Carroll says he hopes to make this event annual and adds, “This is kind of a dream come true to me to finally have the Sturgis Rally Wrap party so really looking forward to kicking this off and having as many people as possible show up and help out then so we can keep this going as an annual tradition.”
Tickets to the event are on sale now. The event will be Friday, August 13th at the Buffalo Chip Events Center. All proceeds go to Treasured Lives non profit. The evening will include a luau style dinner and red-carpet experience. All proceeds go to the Treasured Lives non profit.
Ticket purchases ends Monday, August 9th. Ticket purchases are tax deductible.
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