Hogs For Heroes started in the spring of 2015 with the goal of giving one bike a year. Right on plan, we gifted our first bike in May of 2016…and with the close of the 2018 riding season, this small family nonprofit put a total of EIGHT injured Wisconsin Veteran riders back on the road. We work year round to raise funds for bikes and anticipate gifting four Harleys in 2019. Stay tuned! Follow Us & Share Us on Facebook and Twitter—this is where we share the majority of our announcements and communications. The more others know about what we’re doing, the faster we can make our vision a reality for another injured Veteran rider.
Breaking News: Marine Staff Sergeant Mark Provencher Jr,. is our most recent recipient of the gift of a Harley! Mark is our 11th recipient in just over three years and our fourth of 2019. Mark is A Veterans Advocate working with the WDVA Veterans Outreach and Recovery program across an 8-county district to help those in need access their resources. Mark wanted a preowned bike to save money for the next Veteran and working with West Bend H-D they found his dream— a blue, 2015 Ultra Limited Low with only 4,000 miles… not only his favorite color but a perfect fit! Learn Mark’s story here.
And plan on joining us Saturday, August 31 at 11:00 am when we take the stage at West Bend Harley-Davidson dealership to present the keys! This gifting event will be occurring during Day #3 of the Milwaukee HOG Rally and we can’t wait for the moment Mark rides off the lot with his beautiful new lifeline. All are welcome— two wheels or four— we will be under the giant event tent come rain or shine! View the event invitation here.
NEWS: Army Veteran Cassandra Cutler of Two Rivers, WI was surprised with the gift of a Harley! Not only does this make her our 10th Veteran to return to the road in just over 3 years, she also takes the title for the first female Veteran we’ve supported! We knocked on her door with the keys to a 2006 H-D Street Bob in exceptional condition with only 1400 miles on it, and she’s been out riding, regaining skills, comfort and miles of healing freedom already. This beautiful bike was donated to us by Cindy and Steve Leverenz of Edgerton, WI. Cindy no longer rode and, enamored with our mission, they told us to sell it, raffle it or donate it. We planned to sell it…but sometimes fate has a way of intervening when you least expect it. Learn Cassandra’s story here.
NEWS: Army Veteran Jason Sokel of Menasha, Wisconsin was selected to receive our second gift of a Harley-Davidson and the healing benefits of wind therapy! This is #9…and counting, in just 3 years! Jason last rode a Sportster four years ago…and picked out a two-tone red 2019 Road King to help him regain the healing power of motorcycling in his fractured life. We are incredibly grateful for the Appleton H-D dealership who knocked our socks off with their exceptional service and support! Learn Jason’s story here.
NEWS: Marine Veteran Robert Thiede of Fond du Lac, WI was selected as our first recipient of a Harley-Davidson in 2019. Rob is our EIGHTH Veteran to return to the road and gain the healing benefits of motorcycling in exactly three years! Many thanks to our friends at Open Road Harley-Davidson in Fond du Lac for their amazing generosity and endearing support of our mission. Learn Rob’s story here.
COOL NEWS: Vietnam Veteran, Marine John Giese of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, was our last 2018 Veteran to receive a Harley-Davidson and return to the road. This spring the 70 year-old Purple Heart recipient rode 2000 miles with his Purple Heart Riders brothers to Branson, Missouri for their national convention. And this May, he’ll put on another 2000+ miles with his Brothers to attend the last Rolling Thunder gathering in Washington D.C. While there, this Vietnam Vet will honor his fallen comrades, our POWs and MIAs, and all who have served. THAT is simply spectacular…and one more example of the many healing opportunities our gift provides. Learn John’s story here.
SHOUTOUT: The first bike gifted from Hogs for Heroes in 2019 was made possible because of the fundraising efforts of the Purple Heart Riders of Wisconsin, who tirelessly worked to raise $20,000 in the last 1.5 years. The Purple Heart Riders of Wisconsin are a motorcycle association comprised of Veteran Riders who received a Purple Heart in service to our country. Thank you PHR-WI and the many generous donors who shared with them. We are deeply honored by your support.
WEDNESDAY BIKE NIGHTS ARE BACK IN MADISON! Point Burger Bar (the old Quaker Steak and Lube) is working hard to give area riders a place to hang again. We are honored to have their support and be the beneficiaries of their charitable VIP parking and booth placement. Come hang with friends old and new on Wednesdays, May 1 through August 28. Click here to check out this list of awesome bands that will be rocking the lot from 6-930!
Veteran 1: Kruchten
Veteran 2: Tinsley
Veteran 3: Kvitek
Veteran 4: Bentley
Veteran 5: Vandeyacht
Veteran 6: Russow
Veteran 7: Giese
Veteran 8: Thiede
Veteran 9: Sokel
Veteran 10: Cutler
Veteran 11: Provencher