WASHINGTON, DC-July 26, 2011 - America's 911 Foundation announces that country singer Aaron Tippin will be performing during its 11th annual commemorative 'Never Forget' Motorcycle Ride, taking place August 18-21, 2011. Best known for his numerous hits including, "Stars and Strips," "There Ain't Nothin Wrong with the Radio," "That's as Close as I'll get to Loving You" and "Kiss This," the platinum selling artist will be performing in front of the Double Tree Hotel in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, August 19th on Army Navy Drive from 8:00 PM- 9:30 PM to help raise money for Active First Responders in EMS, Fire, and Police Departments across the county and their families.
Founded in October 2001, in response to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, the Foundation leads philanthropic initiatives including the annual motorcycle ride to promote continued support for families of those who protect and serve the larger public by answering the 911 call. Over the past six years, the event has awarded more than $180,000 in scholarships to more than 75 children, and has donated over $500,000 in new equipment and contributions.
"We are thrilled to have Aaron's participation in this year's event," says Ted Sjurseth, Founder of America's 911 Foundation. "His passion for music is equally as impressive as his commitment to social causes such as ours. We are very fortunate to have his talent available for a great cause."
With more than 2,400 participants already registered for the event, the ride will make stops at all three of the 9/11 crash sites. To kick off the ride in Somerset, Pennsylvania Senator, Richard Kasunic, will be speaking at
Highland Harley Davidson along with a free concert from Donnie Iris. The ride will be departing from the main starting location in Somerset, PA, on Friday August 19th. The group will travel from the Flight 93 National Memorial to Arlington, VA, where Tippin will perform. On Saturday, August 20th, the group departs from the Pentagon and travels to New York City. On Sunday morning, the Foundation and ride participants will travel down to Ground Zero for their annual memorial ceremony.
Riders will be able to join the ride at various points throughout the route and participate in various commemorative programs. The ride stops in the following places:
- Somerset, PA (Highland Harley Davidson);
- Hagerstown, MD (Prime Outlets);
- Arlington, VA (Double Tree);
- Aberdeen, MD (the Maryland House);
- New Castle, DE (Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson);
- Linden, NJ (Applebee's);
- New York City (Sheraton and Ground Zero).
The ride is escorted by over 100+ motorcycle police officers throughout the entire journey, including officers all the way from El Paso, TX, Walker, LA and Canada. To-date, the ride has drawn in participants from 33+ states, and 3 countries. These participants include 7+ World Trade Center survivors, 50+ family members of those lost, 200+ police officers out of uniform, 500+ fire fighters/EMT out of uniform, and 130+ police in uniform.
Registration for the ride is currently open and interested participants can sign up at www.americas911foundation.org. Each motorcycle will cost $120 and there is an extra charge of $30 per additional passenger. Charter bus service will be available for those who do not ride at a cost of $80. Registration for the ride will close August 1, 2011.
About America's 911 Foundation
America's 911 Foundation is a 501©(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Leesburg, VA and dedicated to the support and advocacy of Active First Responders (EMS, Fire, Police) and their families.
For more information visit www.americas911foundation.org or contact Sandra Schwartzman at (301) 230-0045, ext. 100