Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz invites bikers and hot rod enthusiasts to “Christmas in July”

Motorcycle and hot rod enthusiasts are encouraged to put the pedal to the metal and participate in the “Christmas in July” Annual Bike and Hot Rod Run on Sunday, July 19, 2009. Participants will be led on a police-escorted ride from Peterson’s Harley-Davidson North, 19400 NW 2nd Avenue, to Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40 Street. The event benefits the Kids & Families Foundation, created by Vice-Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz to assist pediatric cancer patients and children with other chronic illnesses.

Registration for the event begins at 7:30 a.m. at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson; entry is $10 per person plus a new unwrapped toy. The toys will be distributed to young patients during the December holidays and funds will be used for Kids & Families programs. Participants can also register for VIP treatment for $50 per person and a new unwrapped toy; this includes up-front positioning during the ride, a pancake breakfast before the ride, and four raffle tickets to win a custom chopper. All riders will depart from Peterson’s Harley-Davidson at 10:30 a.m.

The fun doesn’t end when the ride is done. Tropical Park will open to the public at 10:30 a.m. Riders will be greeted with food, live music, vendors, and more. Attendees not participating in the ride can still head to Tropical Park and pay a general admission fee of $5 per person and a new, unwrapped toy. Children 12 and under are free.

Bikes & Beauties Magazine will present a bike show with the hottest rides in Miami. Car enthusiasts won’t be left out; they’ll be able to see a custom hot rod car show by Jumpin’ Jack Flash. During the car show, 25 winners will be selected for the best Christmas-decorated car in the ride. Everyone can enter a raffle to win a custom chopper “001” Twister donated by Chopper Nation. Live entertainment begins at 11:30 a.m. and will include School of Rock, Jenny Love, Local 34, ZZ Not!, and celebrity emcee Doc Reno from BIG 105.9.

“Kids & Families does a wonderful job in caring for pediatric patients during and after their treatments for cancer and other serious diseases with toy drives, care packages, educational support, scholarships, and more”, said Commissioner Diaz. “Please join us to ensure that these valuable programs can continue in our local hospitals”.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz’s office at 305-599-1200 or visit KIDS&FAMILIES. To pre-register, call 305-651-4811

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