Dealership’s Around The World Party Provides $1000’s To Toys For Tots
On Friday, Dec. 14, Milwaukee Harley-Davidson will celebrate their second annual ‘Holidays Around The World’ party to benefit the Toys For Tots program. In keeping with the event theme, more than a dozen local groups will be participating in the event and representing a specially selected country. As guests arrive, in exchange for their charitable donation of toys or funds, they will receive a “passport” that entitles them to traditional cocktails and food items from each of the represented countries. “Last year was the first time we had tried this ‘Around the World’ concept and it just exploded.
We had over 700 people through the doors and surpassed our fundraising goal in the first 30 minutes of the party,” said Chaz Hastings, the owner of Milwaukee Harley-Davidson. “For this year’s event, we’re adding in some new groups, games, food and drink.”
In 2011, the event raised over $2500 in funds and materials for Toys for Tots. This year’s goal is to double that amount and everyone participating is dedicated to making that happen. “We had friends that attended last year’s event and they loved it, so we were really excited when we were invited to attend, said Liz Whitford of Pin Up Girls, a non profit that raises funds for local veteran’s support groups. “Not only are we helping a great cause, but it also gives us the chance to promote our group and raise awareness.”
The diverse line up of participating groups helps ensure a great mix of attendees;
Neutral Ground Dojo – Russia
Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby – Japan
Great Lakes Distillery – Hawaii/South Pacific
Milwaukee Northwest HOG Chapter – Germany
Pin Up Girls- U.S.A.
United States Marine Corps- Mexico
Billy Brown Insurance- France
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy- Caribbean
Stilettos on Steel- South America
KAH Tequila- Central America
Lakefront Brewery- United Kingdom
In addition to the international collection of cocktails and complimentary food, there will be plenty of activities throughout the evening. There will be piñata’s filled with prizes, raffles and various contests such as a giant “flip cup challenge.” In addition to Santa Claus and his Harley-Davidson inspired sleigh, there are photo opportunities with body painted models as well as male and female elves. For those who want to shop, there will be special one night only sales and free gift-wrap too.
“The event planning itself has been a great time with everyone involved taking the concept and running with it. I know we’re going to crush this year’s goal,” said Hastings.
The Holiday Around The World event takes place on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Milwaukee Harley-Davidson Dealership from 6-9 p.m. In exchange for donating a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 or more, guests will receive a passport and access to all the event activities. For further information and event details visit MilwaukeeHarley.com or call the dealership at 414 461-4444.
Milwaukee Harley-Davidson is one of Milwaukee’s original Harley-Davidson dealers. The company’s 36,000-square-foot facility features new and used bikes, general merchandise, parts & accessories, service department and sales and finance. The company is one of the most active dealers in the country, bringing in more than 10,000 people to its dealership through events and general sales every year. For more information on the dealership and Fly, Buy, Ride program, visit www.milwaukeeharley.com.