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May 1, 2013

Yamaha To Sponsor True American Heroes Dinner At King Kenny Roberts' Ranch

Modesto, CA May 1, 2013 – For the second year in a row, Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is proud to be the title sponsor for the True American Heroes Dinner, 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. 

The star-studded event will be held on Friday, May 10 beginning at 4:00 PM, and “King” Kenny Roberts will be joined by Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey, Kenny Roberts Junior, Kurtis Roberts, and Mert Lawwill. Kenny Junior, who won the 2000 Grand Prix World Championship, often raced with the #10 on his GP bikes, but he won’t be the only “10” at the True American Heroes Dinner. He and the other four motorcycle racing superstars will be joined at the Dinner by the most famous “10” of them all: Bo Derek. 

Also attending the Dinner will be Bruce Brown who produced, directed, and narrated the iconic 1971 Oscar-nominated film “On Any Sunday.” In addition, 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.

Seating 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 or 

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at 1150 9th Street in Modesto is the official hotel of the 2nd 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 and use code “WHH”. Guests will 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. 

As a special follow-up to the True American Heroes Dinner, the 9th Annual Cpl. Michael D. Anderson, Jr. Memorial Ride will be held the next day on Saturday, May 11. 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 attend. 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 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. In the past six months alone, Welcome Home Heroes has distributed more than $51,000 to veterans and active-duty military personnel in need of support, with $37,000 of that total distributed during the 2012 holiday season alone. Visit for more information.

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