Harley-Davidson: proud sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement MuseumWashington, D.C. (August 23, 2010) - Over the past century, Harley-Davidson has been supplying motorcycles to law enforcement agencies across the United States. Since 2007, Harley-Davidson, Inc. and Harley-Davidson Motor Company have partnered with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund by providing Harley-Davidson motorcycles to the NLEOMF to be used to help raise funds for the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, a world-class facility, scheduled to open in downtown Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2013.
Harley-Davidson, Inc, is once again a proud sponsor of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Museum. The Memorial Fund is proud to continue this partnership in 2010 and welcomes Harley-Davidson to be with us at the National Law Enforcement Museum’s groundbreaking ceremony October 14th, in historic Judiciary Square, Washington, D.C.
“This has proven to be a very effective and beneficial partnership,” said Craig Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the Memorial Fund. “Harley-Davidson stepped up early in the campaign to build the Museum and has been an outstanding partner ever since.” The first three motorcycles provided by Harley-Davidson have raised over $135,000 for the Museum.
The first motorcycle was a 2007 Harley-Davidson Softtail Classic, which the NLEOMF took to the set of NBC’s Law & Order Special Victims Unit. Executive Producer Ted Kotcheff worked closely with the staff at NLEOMF, and asked the entire cast and crew to sign the motorcycle. SVU production staff went one step further and affixed to the front and rear fenders, the Law & Order SVU name.
The first raffle was a great success! U.S. Border Patrol Agent Ernie Castillo from California was on assignment in Washington, D.C. during National Police Week, and stopped by the Visitors Center to purchase one ticket for $100.00. Three days later, the NLEOMF called Agent Castillo with the good news that he had just won a brand new Harley-Davidson! The “A Matter of Honor Campaign” netted $26,000 from this first raffle.
The second raffle, another great success, was a beautiful Harley-Davidson Peace Officer Special Edition Road King. The winner was Marsha Miley of Crawfordville, FL. Marsha, who had been riding on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson for the past 20 years. Marsha and her husband rented a car, drove to Washington, D.C. to pick up the new motorcycle and then rode it back to Florida! The NLEOMF raised over $23,000 for the Museum campaign with the second bike.
Our third motorcycle, the crown jewel of Harley-Davidson motorcycles, was a 2009 Peace Officer Special Edition Ultra Classic Electra Glide, black with “Thin Blue Line” pin stripes. This was the highest grossing raffle to date. The NLEOMF raised over $85,000 for the Museum. New Jersey State Corrections Lt. Anthony Greathouse was shocked and excited when the NLEOMF called on May 15th to congratulate him. The last news the NLEOMF heard from Tony was that he was exploring the New England countryside on his brand new Harley!
2010 brings a brand new season and a brand new Harley-Davidson! This year, Steve St. Thomas, Director of Police & Fleet Sales for Harley-Davidson, Inc., participated with the NLEOMF during National Police Week, where he joined John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations, at the NLEOMF’s Ambassador Reception to announce the 2010 partnership. “This fourth motorcycle is very special as the winning raffle ticket will be drawn on October 14th, 2010 at the National Law Enforcement Museum Groundbreaking Gala,” explained John to a crowd of 100 ambassadors at the District Chop House. Steve followed up by explaining the special partnership between the NLEOMF and Harley-Davidson, Inc., and their commitment to working with law enforcement, especially in the areas of officer safety.
Harley-Davidson will join the Memorial Fund at the Groundbreaking Gala and assist Craig Floyd with drawing the winning ticket and notifying the winner! This will be a very exciting moment at the Gala as the winner may be in the audience that night!
Everyone is welcome to participate in the raffle and may purchase a raffle ticket by visiting the NLEOMF Visitors Center at 400 7th St. N.W. (corner of 7th & D streets) in Washington, D.C. or by calling the NLEOMF at 1-877-622-BIKE (2453) or (202) 737-3402, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please note that the phone lines will only be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. However, tickets may be purchased on weekends at the Visitors Center.
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the National Law Enforcement Museum will be an architecturally inspiring, 95,000 square foot, mostly underground museum located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Anyone wishing to make a donation to the Memorial or Museum can visit www.nleomf.org or mail a donation to NLEOMF – Law Enforcement Relations, 901 E St. N.W. Ste 100, Washington, D.C. 20004. To learn more about the National Law Enforcement Museum and to take a virtual tour, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.
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