Story and Photos by Barbara Foster
Fladeboe Automotive Group hosted a special VIP reception to kick off the OC Guns and Hoses ride scheduled for Sunday, September 23, 2012. In its 12th year, the OC Guns and Hoses motorcycle ride benefits the The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) Memorial Fund, The Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund, and The Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation.
The event brought together many of the individuals whose foresight, vision, and caring hearts were responsible for the inauguration of the ride. This included Shriee Colton, Brud & Sonia LeTourneau and Bill Leber. Other honored guests included Tom Dominguez President of AODCS, Robert Alvarado OCPFA 3691 and Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.
This year’s ride brings together fire service, law enforcement, and military supporters from throughout California. The charity motorcycle ride and poker run will begin at Strands Beach in Dana Point and will include an historic ride through Camp Pendleton ending at theIrvine Auto Center where the party will begin.
Fun, food and music will welcome the riders, friends, family and supporters. The highlight of the afternoon will be a raffle for up to $15,000 towards a new Harley Davidson or $ 10,000 in cash. Raffle tickets are now available and proceeds will benefit The Fallen Fire Fighters Relief Fund, The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS) Memorial Fund, and The Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation. The Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation will donate funds to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Division stationed at Camp Pendleton and the USS McClusky. All charities are recognized 501 (c) 3 non-profit organizations and assist firefighters, peace officers and military personnel as well as their families throughout OrangeCounty and the state that are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.
Aptly called “O.C. Guns & Hoses Charity Ride” as it is a wonderful opportunity for riders and passengers to join together in support of hard working firefighters, peace officers, and military personnel in their time of need. There is something very special about hundreds of motorcycle riders and their passengers cruising together throughout Orange County streets proudly paying tribute to their community heroes.