MORGANTOWN, W.V. - As the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship came to a close on the track, awareness for one of the deadliest diseases in the world was being raised off it with the second annual Race to Cure Breast Cancer. Fans, teams and riders all got into the spirit of PINK on Saturday, raising $20,000 for the Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3-day Walk, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT) Breast Cancer Fund.
The highlight of the event came from the Mystery Rider Auction, which brought in $11,700 thanks to memorabilia provided by series stars Ryan Dungey, Ashley Fiolek, Andrew Short and Ryan Villopoto. In addition to the bid amount for each of the riders' items, the foursome donated an extra $1,000 apiece to support the cause.
Each mystery package featured exclusive items from each of the riders including helmets, jerseys, boots, gloves and a variety of other autographed paraphernalia along with special gifts from each of the riders' personal sponsors.
"The amount of money achieved through the mystery auction is a testament to the amazing fans of motocross," said the event's director Shasta Johnson. "We have the most dedicated fan base in the world and it is their undying love of motocross and support of the industry that contributed to our success this year and I can't thank them enough. I also want to give special thanks to all the riders who gave for a good cause. They are all role models and help make this the greatest series on the planet."
Additionally, raffle tickets, cupcakes, wristbands were sold and donations were accepted, totaling in an impressive $7,330. Some of the raffle prizes included 10 Scott USA backpacks with swag from several series sponsors as well as a variety of signed products donated by teams such as JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha and Monster Energy/Kawasaki as well as riders like Justin Barcia, Ricky Carmichael, Sherri Cruse, Broc Hepler, Davi Millsaps, Jessica Patterson, James Stewart, Ivan Tedesco, and Sarah Whitmore.
2009 450 Class Champion Chad Reed also got into the spirit, donating $999 of his own to help fight breast cancer.
The success achieved from Saturday's Race to Cure Breast Cancer wouldn't have been possible without the support of the individuals behind the scenes as over 20 volunteers lent a helping hand throughout the weekend.
All proceeds from the fundraiser support the Philadelphia Breast Cancer 3-day Walk which is a 60-mile walk to raise money for breast cancer. The net proceeds will support the combined efforts of the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust (NPT).
To Donate Today, Visit: http://www.the3day.org/site/TR/Walk/PhiladelphiaEvent2009?team_id=70610&pg=team&fr_id=1297.
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