From local charities such as the Black Hills Special Olympics to national charities such as Rupert’s Kids, the Legendary Buffalo Chip gives to the biker charities and other organizations that work hard to make life better for those in need. Over the years, the Buffalo Chip has helped to support more than 20 motorcycle charities and other charities, donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and been part of many other biker charities during the motorcycle rally.
Two of the Legendary Buffalo Chip’s major current motorcycle charity events are the Legends Ride® and the Biker Belles®.
The Legends Ride, The Ride that Rocks™, was created in 2008 as a way to raise significant funds for worthwhile charities in the Black Hills. Celebrity Legends that have participated in the ride include Neil Schon from Journey, Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler, “Big” Kenny of Big & Rich, comedic icon Pee-Wee Herman, America’s Favorite Survivor and Indiana Gubernatorial candidate Rupert Boneham, Kristi Swanson of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, infamous motorcycle daredevil Robbie Kneival and three generations of custom bike building fame, the Ness Family. In five years, the Legends Ride has raised more than $240,000 that has been donated to various charities throughout the hills.
The Biker Belles celebrates women in motorcycling, while at the same time working to benefit local biker charities. Organizations that have been impacted by the generosity of these Buffalo Chip bikers include Helping with Horsepower and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame.
Below is a list of just some of the Charities the Legendary Buffalo Chip has been involved with over the years.
The South Dakota chapter of A Brotherhood of Awareness Training and Education (A.B.A.T.E.) was at the Chip from 2006-2009, sponsoring motorcycle games. A.B.A.T.E. is a motorcycle charity committed to serving the motorcycling public by warning members against adverse motorcycle legislation and promote favorable legislation for motorcyclists, as well as improve road conditions.
American Veterans Traveling Tribute
The American Veterans Traveling Tribute charity travels the country with the Cost of Freedom Tribute to provide a way for the community to come together to honor, respect and remember those who have given their lives for the freedoms of our country. AVTT has displayed the traveling tribute wall on the west end of the Chip the past three years, which is free to the public to view, and stands along with the field of flags, put up by the Buffalo Chip.
BIC 4 GOOD
2011 and 2012
BIC 4 GOOD has dedicated their time and resources to help raise money for Sturgis Kids and Chrome Organization and the Wounded Warrior Project respectively. Men and women are invited to their tent during the rally to get their heads shaved for charity. The shave is free, though for each head that is shaved, BIC 4 GOOD donated $4 to the designated charity for the year. The goal to be raised was $100,000, being donated by BIC USA Inc. Since its inception, BIC 4 GOOD has donated over $200,000 to four various causes.
Bikers Against Drunk Driving
2005, 2006, 2008
Bikers Against Drunk Driving work to reduce drunk driving incidences and its consequences. Funds have gone towards creating an emergency fund for victims of drunk drivers while they await other compensation and/or where no other compensation is forthcoming.
Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills
Bunko Behinders (Lingerie for Life)
The Bunko Behinders are a group of charitable women who share the goal of finding a cure for cancer. Through Lingerie for Life, hosted at the Budweiser Roadhouse Bar, the Bunko Behinders created and decorated bras, which the Chip bartenders wore and were auctioned off nightly for the charity. All of the proceeds went to the American Cancer Society.
Children’s Craniofacial Association (CCA)
A motorcycle charity also known as Cher’s “Believe Ride.” In 2000, Cher autographed a Harley Davidson 1200 Custom Sportster that was given away on the Buffalo Chip’s Wolfman Jack stage. Proceeds went to the Cranial Facial Association. In 2001, Cher was joined on the ride by Tina Wesson, Survivor II Winner.
Children’s Home Society
The Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride was created to give back to charities in the Black Hills. In 2009, One of the charities that riders contributions were provided to was the Children’s Home Society. Children’s Home Society of South Dakota serves over 2,000 children each year, primarily ages 4-13, through residential treatment, education, emergency shelter, forensic interview and exam centers, foster care and adoption services. The majority of the children are victims of severe abuse or neglect.
DAV Chapter 11
The Disabled American Veterans charity has worked for the past 80 years to work on building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. Whether disabled veterans have needed a voice on Capitol Hill, a nationwide service program, a transportation network or unique rehabilitation opportunity, DAV has focused its attention and resources to meet those needs.
Faces of Courage – Lick Breast Cancer
Faces of Courage is a charity organization working to provide a life enriching experience to kids, women and families that were affected by cancer and/or blood disorders, hosting a women’s weekend camp for minority cancer survivors and is considered a leader in minority outreach and education. Current enrollment for their charity programs is 3,200 families and all programs are free to participants.
Good Turn Trike (Lehman Trikes)
The epitome of motorcycle charities, the 2011 Good Turn Trikes, by Victory Motorcycle and Lehman Trikes in honor of the US Military, was presented to one lucky military member on Aug. 11, 2011 during the Buffalo Chip’s Freedom Celebration on the Chip’s Wolfman Jack stage.
Hearts 2 Serve
Hearts 2 Serve charity works to fully support the rehabilitation cycle through the creation of meaningful career opportunities for our “global war on terror” service disabled men and women, and for their spouses who make equal sacrifice but struggle alone.
Helping with Horsepower
Helping with Horsepower is one of the motorcycle charities that designs volunteer programs that empower, encourage and raise funds for worthy biker charities. The Helping with Horsepower Bike Rebuild Program uses a damaged motorcycle as an effective tool to teach life lessons such as teamwork, self-confidence, problem solving and self-esteem.
When classic rock band Journey performed at the Chip in 2005, they raffled off a bike to help with a cancer charity.
Keep a Breast Foundation
Keep a Breast Foundation is a charity that helped to raise money, providing Buffalo Chip campers with a Casting Party. Famous artists painted casts.
Kids and Chrome
Kids and Chrome is a motorcycle charity that, in just four years, has raised more than a half million dollars to help impact the lives of special needs kids and preserve the history of motorcycling.
Make a Wish Foundation (Magic Feet, Inc.)
1991-1991 and 2008
Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® charity has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.
Never Forgotten (POW Car)
For one Vietnam Veteran, remembering was not enough. Over the years, each veteran has had to come to terms with the Vietnam War in his or her own way. Max Loffgren chose to pay tribute to those Americans who are still in Vietnam. His 1955 Chevy dragster is adorned with the names of 3,578 POW/MIA.
Max stopped by the Chip on his way to the Smithsonian to share his commemorative creation.
Opportunities Independent Living Center
The Joy Ride was a motorcycle charity ride that concluded at the Chip with entertainment. A Harley, signed by Peter Fonda, was given away on the Chip’s Main Stage with proceeds going to the Opportunities Independent Living Center of Aberdeen, SD
Patriot Guard Riders and the Field of Rememberance
PGR’s Field of Remembrance has all 50 state flags of the US as well as the flags of all branches of military. PGR membership is filled with volunteers from all walks of life and all backgrounds joined together with one purpose: honor our veterans, shield the families from disruptions if their hero has fallen, and respect our military and support the men and women who sacrifice to protect our freedoms.
Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation
2009 and 2010
The mission of the Rapid City Regional Hospital Foundation springs from the mission of the hospital it serves. The Foundation generates financial support to carry out Rapid City Regional Hospital's mission: To provide and support health care excellence in partnership with the communities we serve.
Rupert's Kids is a nonprofit organization that stems directly from the vision of Rupert Boneham. It is an organization that strives to both help and teach troubled youth in the community. You may recognize Rupert from TV or from seeing him speak in person.
Sky Ranch for Boys
In 2010, half of the rider’s proceeds from the annual motorcycle charity Legends Ride were provided to the Sky Ranch for Boys. Sky Ranch for Boys has a long history of providing troubled kids with a fresh start and a second chance. Each generation brings its own special issues and concerns - but the special relationship between boys and the ranch environment has proven to be a powerful and timeless one.
Snipersonline works to provide an electronic network to those dedicated to the improvement of the sniping profession, and thus further the law enforcement and military sniping knowledge base.
Sons of Light Ministry
This ministry is dedicated to feeding the bikers, body and soul. They travel to different rallies and set up in campgrounds where they provide a free pancake breakfast for the bikers. In addition they have tables set up with bibles, tracts and children’s books which are free for the taking. As ordained missionaries they perform baptisms, weddings and provide Christian counseling.
Black Hills Special Olympics
2011 and 2012
The Buffalo Chip’s annual biker charity Legends Ride started in Deadwood and concluded at the Chip. Half of the riders contributions were provided to the Special Olympics. The Mission of Special Olympics South Dakota is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children (8 years and older) and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame
The Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride started in Deadwood and concluded at the Chip. Half of the riders contributions were provided to the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum. Also in 2011 half of the Bikers Belle riders contributions were provided to the Museum.
The Bob Woodruff Foundation/American Thunder/Wounded Warrior
American Thunder promotes the Bob Woodruff Foundation charity that invests in programs which connect troops to the services they need, including physical rehabilitation and counseling, education, employment and financial assistance, as well as help with larger issues like homelessness and suicide.
United Blood Services
United Blood Services exists to make a difference in people’s lives by bringing together the best people, inspiring individuals to donate blood, producing a safe and ample blood supply, advancing cutting-edge research and embracing continuous quality improvement.
US Air Force
Offutt Air Force Base is home of the 55th Wing, the Fightin' Fifty-Fifth, and a variety of partner units. Offutt's diverse missions and global responsibilities put it on the cutting edge of the Air Force's transformation. Each branch of the US military is represented among the approximately 10,000 military and federal employees assigned here. Offutt is a beautiful community situated near the Missouri River in the rolling hills of southeastern Nebraska.
More information coming soon on these charities that the Buffalo Chip has been involved with…
Military Order of Purple Heart
Clear Channel Ride for the Cure benefitting Relay for Life
2005 and 2006
Habitat for Humanity
1981 and 1994
Locks of Love
2005 and 2008
No Airman Left Behind
Racing for Life
Socks for Troops
South Dakota Youth and Hunting Program
St. Croix Valley Snipers
State of South Dakota
Sturgis Center for the Arts
Suicide Rides for Hope
2009 and 2010
Veteran Tickets Foundation
VFW Post 3312
Vietnam War Memorial Committee National Guard
Western Resources for the dis-Abled Independence (WRDI)