Modesto, CA - April 3, 2014 – For the third consecutive year,
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to be the title sponsor for the
Yamaha True American Heroes Weekend, a fundraising event held at Kenny Roberts’
legendary ranch in Modesto, California, to benefit “Welcome Home Heroes” and
the Cpl. Michael D. Anderson Jr. Memorial Foundation.
The announcement was made by Bob Starr, General Manager of Communications for
Yamaha’s Motorsports Group.
True American Heroes Benefit Concert
Thursday evening, May 8 at 7:30 PM, the Weekend kicks off with the True
American Heroes Benefit Concert featuring The John Corbett Band playing live at
the Fat Cat in Modesto, CA. Tickets for the concert are $20 when purchased in
advance online or $25 at the door. The admission price includes three drinks,
and all proceeds will go to Welcome Home Heroes.
True American Heroes Benefit Dinner
centerpiece of the Yamaha
True American Heroes Weekend is the Benefit Dinner,
which will be held on Friday, May 9 beginning at 4:00 PM at Kenny
Roberts’ ranch. King Kenny will be joined at the
Dinner by guests Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Junior, Mert
Lawwill, and Kurtis Roberts.
joining King Kenny and the other five motorcycle-racing superstars at the
Dinner will be actress, friend, and number-one Kenny Roberts fan Bo Derek.
Derek attended last year’s Dinner and had such a good time that she R.S.V.P.ed
early to attend this year’s Dinner.
Hollywood notables joining Bo Derek this year include actor and country singer
John Corbett, along with Kevyn Major Howard, who is best known for his role as
“Rafterman” in the movie “Full Metal Jacket.”
Distinguished guests attending the Dinner include Bruce Brown and
his son Dana. Bruce is best known as the producer, director, and narrator of
the iconic 1971 Oscar-nominated film “On Any Sunday.” Also, representatives of
America’s military elite, including Sergeant Major Jon Cavaiani (U.S. Army,
retired) who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his valorous action
in the Republic of Vietnam, will be among the invited guests at the Dinner.
for the True American Heroes Dinner is very limited, and tickets are $500 per
person. To attend, call Michael at 209-765-9317 or
email your inquiry to Info@KennyRoberts.com
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 1150 9th Street in Modesto is the official hotel
of the Third Annual True American Heroes Dinner. Guests can call 209-526-6000
and make room reservations under “Welcome Home Heroes.” Or, to make
reservations online, go to http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-modesto-DSTO-DT/index.htmland use code “WHH”.
be transported from The DoubleTree to the Roberts Ranch
where they’ll get a personal tour of Kenny’s private museum located right at
the ranch, followed by central California’s finest ranch barbeque.
True American Heroes Benefit Auction
After the True
American Heroes Dinner on Friday night, Justin Trick
from Mulrooney Auction Company will conduct a live auction right at King
Kenny’s ranch to benefit Welcome Home Heroes. Featured items up for bid will
include Team Roberts memorabilia, other signed racing-related items, and lots
of additional motorsports merchandise.
10th Annual Cpl. Michael D.
Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride
a special follow-up to the True American Heroes Dinner, the 10th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride will be
held the next day on Saturday, May 10. Kenny Roberts and several other American
motorcycle racing heroes are scheduled to ride in the event aboard StarMotorcycles
provided by Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. The ride is free and open to the
public, and hundreds of Marines, soldiers, sailors, and airmen are expected to
From its start in Modesto to its completion in the historic mining
community of Jamestown, the Memorial Ride will be escorted by motorcycle units
from the Modesto Police Department, the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department, and
the California Highway Patrol, ensuring a safe and uninterrupted run through
central California’s spectacular Mother Lode foothills.
Welcome Home Heroes
Home Heroes is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation organized to provide assistance
to local Central California veterans of the U.S. military in their transition
from active duty to private life. Last
year, the True American Heroes Dinner and Cpl.
Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride raised nearly $50,000. Visit TrueAmericanHero.org for more information.