Last month's influx of motorcycle enthusiasts into downtown Raleigh for the 12th annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest made a big impact for two important veterans organizations. Bikers donated $11,393 to the USO of North Carolina and U.S. Veteran’s Corps during Bikefest.
“Our biker friends came from all over and participated in all the fun to help raise money for the USO of North Carolina and the U.S. Veterans Corps,” said Mark Hendrix, general manager of Ray Price, Inc., and organizer of the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest.
Charitable donation opportunities during Capital City Bikefest included: the TattooFest, Patriot Ride, Parade of Lights, a silent auction as well as a photo platform and drop buckets on Fayetteville St.
This year’s TattooFest was the largest to date, thanks to Warlock’s Tattoos. The popular shop helped organize 16 tattoo artists representing one New York and seven North Carolina tattoo shops. Everyone agreed to donate one-half of all proceeds, and the result of Warlock’s efforts helped contribute $7,902 in donations to the Bikefest charities.
“Area bikers, tattoo artists and visitors to town stepped up big for charity during Bikefest weekend,” said Hendrix. “We all honor the legacy of our founder Ray Price when we embody his passion for philanthropy.”
Ray Price Capital City Bikefest was formed in 2005 in partnership with the City of Raleigh to become North Carolina’s first downtown motorcycle rally, which helped to bring the roar of life back downtown. Capital City Bikefest has been named the nation’s best event by Dealernews and is presented in cooperation with GEICO Motorcycle and organized by the Ray Price Harley-Davidson and Ray Price Triumph dealerships.
For 34 years, Ray Price has served as the center of motorcycle culture in North Carolina and was named “Retailer of the Year” by the N.C. Retail Merchants Association in 2015. The dealership actively supports philanthropy projects to raise money for charity through rides, cookoffs and diverse cultural celebrations like Capital City Bikefest. #CapitalCityBikefest
The world famous Warlock’s Tattoos & Body Piercings is the oldest tattoo shop in Raleigh, N.C., opening its doors in 1991 and having completed more than 10,000 tattoos. Warlock’s is a member of the National Tattoo Association, the Association of Professional Piercers, and the Alliance of Professional Tattooists. Participating tattoo artists in TattooFest 2016 represented: Warlock’s, Mad Ethel’s, 401 Tattoo & Art, Inksanity, Double Deuce, Chop Shop, as well as Create from Syracuse, N.Y.
For more than 30 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson has served as the center of motorcycle culture in Raleigh, N.C., and among the Southeast’s top motorcycle dealerships. Home to Hall-of-Fame racing legend Ray Price, dealership staff have centuries of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners-to-expert riders. Ray Price was again named a 2014 Dealernews Top 100 business, as well as a Powersports Business Power 50 Dealer. The team actively supports area charities through a wide range of philanthropy projects. Ray Price Racing won the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Fuel Harley Championship in 2014 and 2015.