2014 – 2018 “And Moving Forward”
Founded in 1887, and the oldest motorsports brand in the United States, Iron Eagle emphasizes the contributions that motorcyclists have made, and still make, to America. Iron Eagle works with individuals and companies in an effort to educate, focus resources and produce events that raise awareness, money, and lasting public interest for charitable causes. Iron Eagle helps by assisting with documentation, infrastructure and direct fund raising efforts.
In 2011, Iron Eagle participated in the NHTSA panel evaluation for the Nevada motorcycle safety program, followed by the 2012 Zero Fatalities Summit and 2012-2017 Governor’s Conferences on Small Business. Throughout these efforts, Iron Eagle promotes motorcycle rider safety programs on local and national levels. Iron Eagle is a corporate member of the National Association of State Motorcycle Safety Administrators, and is chartered promoter for the AMA, having recently organized the first State Chapter of the AMA. Throughout these efforts, Iron Eagle promotes motorcycle rider safety programs on local and national levels.
A proud member of the Better Business Bureau and many of the Chambers of Commerce in the Las Vegas area, Iron Eagle was nominated for 2012-2017 awards for business enterprise of the year and non-profit activism. In 2014, Iron Eagle initiated a project to reduce fatalities in Nevada by working directly with key state legislators and the judicial system to increase understanding of safe motorcycling and what types of legislation and action may be most effective in promoting education and training.
This initiative also resulted in the founding of the first court sponsored corrective motorcycle traffic school training and education program in the country. Iron Eagle has received Congressional recognition for work promoting rider safety and reducing motorcycle fatalities in Southern Nevada; and in October 2014, received a Proclamation by the Governor of the State of Nevada for preserving Nevada motorcycling history and promoting safety throughout the State, declaring November 3, 2014, and each November 3rd thereafter, as Nevada Motorcycle History Day. Since 2010, Iron Eagle has helped raise more than $20 million dollars for local and national charities.
In 2018, Iron Eagle continues its support of charitable causes, both local and on a national level, including Diabetes Research, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Ride for Kids, the Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Goodwill Industries Veterans programs.
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2013 “43 Rides in 43 Cities in 43 Weeks”
Thanks to you we have helped to raise over $3.2 million dollars since April 2013!
For 2013 Iron Eagle chose to support as its national charity the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® and its Ride for Kids. PBTF is a Charity Navigator rated 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors by supporting medical research, increase public awareness about the severity and prevalence of childhood brain tumors, aid in the early detection and treatment of childhood brain tumors, support a national database on all primary brain tumors, and provide educational and emotional support for children and families affected by this life-threatening disease. Over the last three years, research funded by the PBTF has resulted in a 60% increase in survival rates for many different forms of cancers in both children and adults.
It all began with friends helping friends. When a colleague’s child was diagnosed with a brain tumor, couple Mike and Dianne Traynor wanted to do something to help. In 1984 they raised $4,000 at the first Atlanta Ride for Kids and never looked back. As the event’s popularity grew, it expanded to other cities. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation was established in 1991 to distribute grants and offer family support. PBTF eventually became the world’s largest non-governmental funder of childhood brain tumor research.
On September 29, 2013, the Ride came to Las Vegas, along with its new look and ambitious mission and raised more than $64,000 locally. The Las Vegas Ride came at a time when the late Mike and Dianne Traynor were inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame as part of the Legends Weekend at the Green Valley Ranch Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on October 18, 2013.
The Ride Season has now come to a close, celebrating its 30th year of raising awareness and funds, with more than $3.2 million dollars raised since April 2013! Thanks to the generous support of the motorcycling community, progress is being made in the fight against one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer that affects more than 28,000 children each year.
2012 “25,000 Miles in 25 Days”
The 2012 Ride was sponsored by the Fraternal Order of Eagles as an individual endurance challenge to support the Diabetes research Center. Founded in 1898, the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) is an organization more than 850,000 members strong. Coincidently, James, Darrell Rall and Mary Anne met at the 2011 FOE Nevada State Convention where Darrell Rall approached James with the idea of the Fraternal Order of Eagles sponsoring a long distance “Iron Butt” ride for the Diabetes Research Center. With the Iron Eagle organization already in place and James’ concepts of branding and ride organization, a whole new concept and unique event was created. The theme was “25,000 Mile in 25 Days.” Several riders, including James and Darrell accepted the challenge. By the 10,500 mile mark on Day 11, only James remained. Darrell and the other riders had been injured in the challenge, with Darrell crashing over 900 miles north of Vancouver, British Columbia. With the expert attention provided by the Iron Eagle Team, Darrell was pulled from a 40 foot ravine with critical injuries. All of the injured riders are recovering. The Ride ended on July 8, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a “Finish the Ride for Darrell” ceremony and announcement that the funding goal of $5 million dollars had been accomplished.
Mary Anne Kimsey
Mary Anne Kimsey is a retired attorney from the State of Florida, as well as a licensed nurse. Mary Anne is a rider in her own right, and her vast cross-over knowledge has been invaluable to the Iron Eagle Team, especially in issues involving government relations and the process necessary to insure this Project is a great success. Effective July 1, 2013, Mary Anne retired, but still plays a vital role on the Advisory Board in an emritus capacity.
James Kimsey is the founding consultant with AM Consulting Group LLC, a business which specializes in licensing, regulatory compliance and complex litigation management. He formerly managed the Legal Departments in Harrah’s (now Caesar’s Entertainment) and the Venetian Resort, and continues to work independently in the gaming arena. A four decade rider, James founded the Lone Wolfs Motorcycle Corporation, an organization based on mutual respect and the love of the open road, and continues to serve as an advisor to the Governor’s Motorcycle Safety Committee, the Zero Fatalities Summit, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration program motorcycle safety assessment panels, and the Nevada Department of Public Safety Motorcycle Safety Instruction Program.
Mark Peplowski, Esq.
Mark Peplowski, Esq. is a member of the State Bar of Nevada and specializes in issues involving businesses. Mr. Peplowski is also a tenured professor teaching business law at the college of Southern Nevada. He is currently on inactive status due to serious health issues. During this period, we are being assisted by the Law Foundation.
Kerry Knoll IT / Web Advisor
Kerry Knoll is the founder of Vegas Tech Group, a professional Las Vegas web design company specializing in web design, advertising design, marketing and public relations for almost 10 years. VTG works to channel the communications efforts of their clients effectively across diverse media platforms and audiences with focus on creating well-researched, well-designed media, creative marketing blitzes and buzz-producing public relations campaigns.
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