Noem joins celebrity lineup for Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride

Gov. Kristi Noem has been added to the celebrity lineup for the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Legends Ride and will be attending in support of the charity ride and reception where a painting rendition of her by famed artist David Uhl will be auctioned off in support of nonprofit organization Treasured Lives. Noem, second from right, is pictured with the painting. Courtesy photo

STURGIS –– Attendees of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s premier charity event will have the chance to meet South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem when she joins the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Legends Ride festivities on Aug. 9 in historic Deadwood.

Noem will also make an appearance in one of the Legends Ride’s most valuable auction items, the brand-new original painting “True Grit” by David Uhl. Legends Ride attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the painting that depicts the governor and her horse, Ice, during the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Round Up.

Both Noem and Uhl will be on hand to see this piece auctioned off to benefit the nonprofit organization Treasured Lives, a survivor-focused anti-trafficking organization that provides advocacy, education, crisis care, and peer mentoring, along with a variety of other survivor needs.

“For over two decades, I have chronicled what has been called the “American freedom machine,” said Uhl. “As 2020 wore on, for obvious reasons, my livelihood was cancelled with one exception: The Sturgis (Motorcycle) Rally. Not only did the show go on but it was the only uplifting event I experienced the entire year. I wanted to present a piece of fine art to honor the person responsible for allowing my program to survive such a tumultuous time. This is my way of saying ‘Thank you.’ I am extremely grateful that I was allowed to keep my fine art program afloat.”

“To have Governor Noem joining the Legends Ride and helping us raise money for worthy causes is a true honor,” said Rod Woodruff, president of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “The lucky individual who takes home David Uhl’s masterpiece will be acquiring a valued piece of South Dakota history. Having Governor Noem present for the auction of this piece will be something everyone in attendance will remember forever.”

In addition to Uhl’s “True Grit” painting, Legends Riders will be able to help the Sturgis Buffalo Chip support its mission of giving by bidding on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip B4 motorcycle customized by Lloyd’z Garage and Indian Motorcycle Charlotte, Darren McKeag’s “Ride or Die” painting and many more great auction items.

Legendary rides are just a part of what the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has in store for its 40th Anniversary in 2021. Visitors will have the opportunity to experience countless events, including performances from the world’s top entertainers, powerful freedom celebrations, top-tier bike shows, white-knuckle racing events and so much more. All events are held outdoors in an open environment for the safest experience possible.

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