STURGIS — Sturgis City Manager, Daniel Ainslie, said the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally hosts not only motorcycles, food and music, it also generates thousands of dollars to help local charities provide services to Black Hills communities year around. 

The total charitable donations raised during the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally were $628,116.

The city of Sturgis donated $26,593 to the Sturgis Rally Charities which will be re-distributed to non-profit agencies in the greater Sturgis area.

The city of Sturgis and Sturgis Police Athletic League teamed up on a motorcycle raffle during this year’s Rally. The $3,500 raised was donated to PAL to use for its sponsorship of youth activities throughout the year in Sturgis.

A 5K run, hosted by the city during this year’s Rally, raised $1,519 which was donated to the Sturgis Recreation Program.

The annual Mayor’s Poker Tournament held during the Rally raised $1,350 which was donated to Sturgis Rally Charities.

The Sturgis Rally Mayor’s Ride generated funds for several local organizations including $7,500 for the Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000 to the Sturgis Police Reserves, $7,500 to the Sturgis Ambulance Service, $1,500 to Love INC Sturgis, $2,000 to the Deadwood VFW, $2,500 to the Sturgis/Meade County Animal Shelter, and $2,000 to United Way of Sturgis.

Brown Forman/Jack Daniel’s donated $35,000 to local charities. Among the recipients were Sturgis Rally Charities and the Sturgis Scholarship Fund distributed by USA Sturgis Brown High School.

Hamsters donated $318,344 to LifeScape in Rapid City. Carey Hart’s Good Ride raised $13,000 for the Infinite Hero Military Charity.

Additionally, Sturgis Brown High School raised $8,042 through its breakfasts and showers. It is estimated that Sturgis churches through their biker breakfasts raised nearly $50,000. First Interstate Bank, through its parking lot program, raised $10,788 for local youth programs. 

And, the Buffalo Chip raised $132,076 which will be donated to numerous charities.

Ainslie said the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is often a significant funding source for many of local non-profit agencies.

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