Jay Leno will return as the Grand Marshal of the 29th Anniversary of the Harley-Davidson Love Ride on Sunday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Castaic Lake, California.This year’s Love Ride will benefit the USO that provides critical support and morale boosting programs and services to troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured, and their families, and the families of the fallen. The Love Ride is the longest-running motorcycle fundraising event in the world and has raised $24 million for charity in 28 years. The Love Ride was founded in 1984 by Oliver Shokouh, the owner of Harley-Davidson of Glendale.Love Ride 29 is being supported by 22 Harley-Davidson dealerships in Southern California and many of them will feature pre-Love Ride promotions and group rides to Castaic Lake on October 21. Harley-Davidson of Glendale will feature The Strawberry Alarm Clock in concert at 7:15 a.m. followed by a press conference with Leno and other celebrities, including Robert Patrick, the Cast of Sons of Anarchy, Antonio Sabato Jr., Willie G. Davidson, Karen Davidson, Perry King, George Barris, Mickey Jones, Keith Emerson, and Lorenzo Lamas who will sing this year’s National Anthem.George Thorogood and the Destroyers and Canned Heat will headline the Castaic Lake concert starting at 11:45 a.m. Other Castaic Lake festivities include a trade show, Peter Fonda ride-in bike show, USO displays, and a food truck fair.The minimum donation to participate is $50 and includes a free opportunity ticket to win 6 prizes that include a 2013 Harley-Davidson Softail Slim.All motorcycle brands and automobiles are welcome. To sign up in advance or receive more information, go to www.LoveRide.org, or visit Harley-Davidson of Glendale at 3717 San Fernando Road in Glendale, California.
On October 21, the Elton John AIDS Foundation announced a new series of grants totaling $4.4 million to support organizations fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways.The Foundation renewed 16 grants and funding nine new organizations to scale up programs that address societal trends driving the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is one of EJAF’s largest grant cycles to date.“For more than 20 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “Our newest round of grants supports exciting and innovative projects addressing transgender health, homeless LGBT youth, the continued criminalization of HIV-positive people, and the syringe services for people who inject drugs. We also remain focused on increasing access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for all.”For a full list of grantees, click here.