Harley Davidson and Pierce Raise Money for Fallen Firefighters' Families

Given the global recession, everybody is short of money these days but this shouldn't be an impediment for donating a few bucks to charity and thus, sign up in the race for a custom Harley Davidson Fat Boy Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle.

Harley Davidson Motor Company and Pierce Manufacturing have joined forces in  a charitable campaign to support the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), an organization dedicated to assisting firefighter families. The NFFF Full Throttle Support campaign, that has already found 2,000 supporters, allows participants to donate money on By making a donation of at least $10, participants are automatically entered into the race to win a custom Harley Davidson  Fat Boy Firefighter Special Edition motorcycle. Equally, visitors will find special NFFF Full Throttle Support gear including jackets, hats and t-shirts on the Web site that they can purchase.

“We are encouraged by the tremendous response we’ve had during the first part of our campaign,” said Wilson Jones, Oshkosh Corporation executive vice president of Fire & Emergency and president of Pierce Manufacturing. “It is remarkable to see so many extraordinary people who are willing to support the families of fallen firefighters, many of whom are dependent upon the NFFF for emotional and financial support.”

All the proceeds, including those coming from the sales, will go to the NFFF survivor programs that help families of fallen firefighters make a new life. Such programs contain education scholarships and/or job training for children and spouses of firefighters as well as trips to the annual firefighter memorial weekend in Emmitsburg, MD.

“The money from this campaign will help us create more and larger scholarships – something we’ve hoped to do for many years,” said Ron Siarnicki, executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. “We owe a lot of thanks to Pierce and Harley-Davidson whose commitment to give back to the firefighting community has gone above and beyond the call of corporate philanthropy.”

So far $59,232 have been raised but the campaign is not over yet. It was launched in January and will run through April 26. The lucky winner of the custom HD motorbike will be announced in May 2009.
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