You: Question… when is Ride to the Flags XII?
Us: Saturday, September 9th
You: What time does check in start?
You: I can’t read military time.
Us: Dude, it’s just 7:30am
You: I’m usually still in bed by then.
Us: Give us your number and we’ll give you a wake up call. We need to get there as early as possible to make it easier on everyone - including the Naval Base.
You: Ok, fine. How do I register?
Us: Click on any of the “Register” buttons throughout this web page.
You: When I did that, it created a personal fundraising page for me. Do I have to raise funds?
Us: You don’t HAVE to (unless you want a cool shirt), but we’d sure like you to try. Even if you ask a couple of family members and a co-worker, that helps our fundraising efforts tremendously. Statistics show that if you can get 7 people to donate, on average, you will raise over $500.
You: Is this only a motorcycle event? My brother has a Kia Optima and wants to take part.
Us: The ride is only for motorcycles. Condolences to your brother.
You: But it’s a sweet Kia with an American Flag paint job.
Us: Eeeeyeah, I’m sure it is. Still no.
You: Can he come to Rally Americana?
Us: Yes. Parking on Malibu Canyon Rd. Entry to the rally for someone not participating in the ride is free, but he won’t receive a door prize ticket or a patch unless he raises some sweet cash for our warrior.
You: What’s the door prize?
Us: A week-long stay at the Royal Kona Resort in Hawaii.
You: Wait. Seriously?
Us: Yup. We’re stepping it up a notch, so you’re gonna want to fundraise at least $50.
You: Can trikes come?
You: What about scooters?
Us: Yup. I mean…ok, fine. Actually, yeah, do it. That’s pretty hilarious.
You: Can I still register at the check-in if I didn’t preregister?
Us: Yes. But pre-registering makes our lives much easier. So please do that.
You: Will I still get my patch and t-shirt?
Us: Maybe. We guarantee shirts for people who preregister. If we have any items left over after setting aside shirts for those that prereg - you could get one. We’re printing 650 patches, so once we’re out, we’re out. Patches will not be for sale at the rally. Get there early to get a patch.
You: That sucks.
Us: YOU suck for not preregistering.
You: Well, that was unnecessary.
Us: Not preregistering is unnecessary.
You: Can I still purchase those items?
Us: Everything but the patch, assuming we have some left over.
You: What form of payments do you accept?
Us: Cash, card, check. Cash is king. Bitcoin would be cool, but we have no idea how to accept that. And if you write a check, we’ll all laugh at you.
You: When is Rally Americana?
Us: From 11:00am-3:00pm, technically. Most bikers are gone by 2:30, honestly, but we’ll be hanging around. You can stay until we kick you out unless you want to help us clean up.
You: No. The thing is…I have plans right after…and…I need to wash my dog.
Us: Sure you do, guy. Sure you do.
You: What is the cost to enter for people that don’t participate in the ride?
Us: There is no cost this year. We’re hoping this attracts more people to come out and donate. This is a fundraiser so we hope that you would want to raise some funds for someone who really deserves it.
You: Where does my money go?
Us: First $10 of the biker’s donation goes to White Heart to help us offset expenses. ($15 if donating $50 or more and $20 for $100 and more - helps us offset the costs). The rest will go to our warrior, U.S. Army Green Beret SFC Joe Lowrey and family. 100% of any amount donated to your fundraising page by someone who ISN’T a biker will go to Joe. If we make more than what we need we’ll put the rest in our “Any Warrior” fund that is used for pressing items and services that our other warriors may need.
You: When I think of more questions, I’ll ask.
Us: Sounds good.