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2017 Hot Harley Nights Raises Thousands for Make-A-Wish® South Dakota


August 18, 2017


Sioux Falls

Contact: Char Roth, 605-334-2721

August 18, 2017, Sioux Falls, SD…. J&L Harley-Davidson will present a $162,885 check to Make-A-Wish South Dakota tonight - Friday August 18 - during Bike Night at J&L in Sioux Falls for the proceeds from Hot Harley Nights. Make-A-Wish South Dakota received an additional $213,275 of in-kind donations for the event for a grand total of $376,160.

“We are excited to announce the results of this year’s event. Not only does this event raise a significant dollar to make wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses, but it also positively showcases Sioux Falls’ hospitality and the generous nature of local businesses and the community,” said Char Roth, J&L Harley-Davidson, Chief Financial Officer and event chair. “We are very grateful to everyone who participated and they should be proud to know that the funds will stay in South Dakota and make many children’s wishes come true.”

The 2017 event featured four days of special events including Family Night, motorcycle show, free concerts, casino run, motorcycle parade, raffles, silent and live auctions and more. The casino run had nearly 1,200 bikes registered from ten states and Canada. Eleven Wish Kids led the parade of over 4,000 motorcycles on Saturday July 8.

Over three hundred volunteers helped make this event happen, along with 56 sponsoring businesses, plus contributions for auctions and raffles from 212 additional companies and individuals.

“Hot Harley Nights just gets better every year,” said Paul Krueger, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Dakota. “We’re so grateful to everyone who participates. It truly makes an impact for the organization, Wish children and their families.”

Make-A-Wish South Dakota serves the entire state and will grant more than 70 wishes at an average cost of $7,200 a wish this fiscal year. Find out more at

The 23rd Annual Hot Harley Nights 2018 will take place July 12-15.

Press Contact

Sue E Salter
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD  57104

Phone : (605) 335-8000
Fax : (605) 335-8002

Make-A-Wish® South Dakota
1400 West 17th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 335-8000
Toll Free (800) 640-9198
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14 Saint Joseph St. Suite 302
Rapid City, SD 57701
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