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Tomahawk Fall Ride Has Big Impact For MDA


Tens of thousands of Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiasts are arriving in the Northwoods for the annual Fall Ride to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The ride and events run through the weekend centered on Sara Park in Tomahawk.

This is the 33rd Fall Ride. Harley-Davidson has been a primary donor to MDA for many years.  Dawn Ver Haagh  is Executive Director at the Green Bay MDA chapter. She says while it's fun for the participants, the ride has a real impact on MDA...

".....the amount of people who come through and support MDA through buying merchandise and visiting vendors and being part of our park activities is important because of the funds that are raised. This is the second largest event in our district...."

Ver Haage says the money raised in events like the annual telethon and the Fall Ride are making a difference. She says there has been more progress in the last five years than had been made in the last five decades....

"....in regard to treatments that are out there, MDA is really pushing on our mission and  that is to find treatments for muscle diseases. That's the end goal and that is what gives families hope to have another day, another month or another year with their loved ones....."

The Fall Ride has millions of dollars economic impact all the way from central Wisconsin through the Northwoods as food, lodging, and recreational establishments find more business for the weekend.
The website tomahawkfallride.com has more information.Harley-Davidson has a production facility in Tomahawk.

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