Passion Tour Raffle Winner

December 12, 2007 2:06pm
Yamaha Motor Corporation generously donated a brand new 2008 Raptor 250 to support the RacerX/RiderDown Passion Tour in raising money for the RiderDown Foundation and its efforts to help injured riders. The Passion Tour was definitely successful in its inaugural year bringing awareness and excitement to RiderDown’s goal of “Helping Riders Up!”

RiderDown offered raffle tickets starting at the Ironman Grand National Championship Series (GNCC) season finale in Crawfordsville, Indiana. A total of 847 tickets were sold in the one-month time span, resulting in proceeds of $8,470. In addition to donating the Raptor, Yamaha is also matching all of the proceeds, dollar for dollar, to bring the total dollars raised for this cause to $16,940!! The winning ticket was randomly chosen at the GNCC ATV Awards Banquet by Jason Wiegandt of Racer Productions. The winner, who prefers to remain anonymous, has donated the Raptor back to RiderDown for another fundraising effort! Injured riders everywhere appreciate this very gracious display of generosity!

“We were so thrilled when Yamaha made us this amazing offer,” says RiderDown President, Bruce Vermeulen. “We would like to not only thank Yamaha for this great fundraising event, but also RacerX, Racer Productions and the GNCC series for their support of the Passion Tour and its goal of helping riders up. Without all of them, this would not have been possible for us.”
RiderDown has been very busy this year helping a number of injured riders including Chris Blais, Doug Henry, Vince Karnow, Chase Borders, Hoyt Penland and many more across the country. Through the efforts and generosity of the off road riding community, RiderDown has been able to bring significant financial and emotional benefits to those riders and families in need.

Check out for more information on the Foundation’s diligent efforts to help our fellow riders.