When the Advancing Life Foundation heard that ASEA was pairing up with Orange County Choppers, they jumped at the chance to help organize a special event to raise money for their charitable partners, Operation Underground Railroad and St. Jude’s.
The OCC team was on-site at ASEA’s Convention to unveil the custom ASEA bike they had designed and built. “ASEA’s branding is very sharp, very futuristic,” observed fabricator Josh Allison. “A low, race-style bike fits that brand well.”
The bike and OCC team were quite a hit with ASEA convention goers, but that wasn’t the only reason the crew was in town. Riders hit the road the day following convention to support Operation Underground Railroad and aptly named the journey the ‘Ride for Freedom’. The cause was to raise awareness and funds for O.U.R.’s ongoing mission to eliminate child sex trafficking.
Signage visible from I-15 and social media exposure garnered more than 800 people’s interest. More than 120 riders, mostly Vegas locals, registered for and attended the ride with ASEA corporate and associates along with OCC celebrities. Education booths at the starting point provided a wealth of information on how to join the fight against human trafficking.
Joan and Paul Sr. led the 37-mile ride from the Las Vegas strip to the historic Pioneer Saloon in Goodsprings, Nevada, a notorious setting for old Western movies. The Ride for Freedom, as well as Convention photo ops with the OCC team, helped raise $4,500 for O.U.R. and $500 for St Jude’s Children’s Ranch.
To donate to Advancing Life Foundation, visit advancinglife.org.