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Packerland HOG Chapter member donates Harley jersey

Lynn Vandervest | 01/14/2021

People visiting the showroom at Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay can see the latest addition hanging on the wall.

The addition is a Harley-Davidson jersey purchased in 1951 at Lunds Harley-Davidson in Menominee, Mich., by longtime Packerland HOG Chapter member Lee Christopherson.

Lee was a teenager when he purchased the jersey, and he's been a lifelong H-D enthusiast. The jersey includes a photo of him as a 14-year-old on a 1949 Hummer at his family farm in Oconto. He purchased the bike from Mike Koehler in Peshtigo.

No matter what the weather was, Lee said he rode in it.

Decades later, Lee still is enthused about the Harley brand. Retired from the Oconto Police as Captain, he has driven over 70,000 miles just going to Sturgis, S.D., over the past 35 years. He and his wife, Pearl, have been friends of Vandervest Harley-Davidson since it opened in 1999. They continue to be dedicated members of the Packerland HOG Chapter-Green Bay.

"We are honored to display the jersey given to us by Lee," said Lynn Vandervest. "It represents a timeless piece of great history of Harley-Davidson and we are proud to display it in our showroom."

Rick Vandervest framed the jersey and photos for display.

 

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Vandervest raises $18,470 for MDA

Scott Steuck | 10/29/2020

Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay and its Packerland Harley Owners Group (HOG) Chapter presented an $18,470 check to the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) on Monday, Oct. 26.

They raised the money during their summer-long Hogopoly riding event, titled “Miles for Smiles Ride” this year. Major and Ride sponsors donated money to be on the Hogopoly board, and riders paid to receive the board. Riders with the board stopped at places represented on it during the riding season to receive stickers to fill it. The more stops made, the more stickers and chances they have to win Vandervest Harley-Davidson gift certificates.  Funds will be used to help children affected by Muscular Dystrophy to attend MDA-sponsored camps.

In the photo, from left, are: Greg Roberts, Packerland HOG Director; Murphy Maes, MDA Executive Director; Jim Junion, Packerland HOG Chapter Member; and Lynn Vandervest, Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay.

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Cruise for Cancer draws over 340 participants

Scott Steuck | 08/27/2020

The 17th Annual Jerry Parin’s Cruise for Cancer event, held at Vandervest Harley-Davidson in Green Bay on Sunday, Aug. 23, drew over 340 riders and passengers.

“This year the ride was titled ‘The Essential Ride’ as cancer doesn’t take a day off,” said cancer survivor and ride organizer Jerry Parins, a retired captain with the Green Bay Police Department and Past Director of Corporate Security for the Green Bay Packers.

Parins said Green Bay police officers, firefighters and first responders were honored at this year’s ride, which is held as a fundraiser for local hospitals and cancer 501C organizations.  In the past 16 years, the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer Foundation has donated more than $2 million to these causes.

During the ride, Parins rode in a Green Bay Fire Engine to lead the ride followed by Green Bay police officers on Harley-Davidson motorcycles and all of the other ride participants through the streets of Green Bay and Allouez.

Following the parade, the event returned to Vandervest Harley-Davidson for raffles, live and silent auctions, food trucks, and live music. The public was welcome to attend the afternoon fundraiser.

The ride is sponsored by the Jerry Parins family, Vandervest Harley-Davidson, the Green Bay Packer Organization and the Packerland Harley Owners Group. Five families dealing with cancer rode in vehicles sponsored by Broadway Chevrolet. The families were introduced at the event and gifts were presented to them.

“This year was one like no other,” said Lynn Vandervest of Vandervest Harley-Davidson. “One of the cancer honorees was proposed to by her boyfriend during the presentation and she said ‘Yes.’"

Vandervest said this year’s ride raised approximately $100,000 for the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer Foundation. People can learn more about the event at www.cruiseforcancer.org.

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Jerry Parins 'Cruise for Cancer' Foundation donates $152,500 to local cancer organizations

Scott Steuck | 08/13/2020

Ten local cancer organizations will share $152,500 in their efforts to fight cancer and help families affected by it thanks to a donation presented to them by the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer Foundation on Wednesday, Aug. 12, at Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay.

“Cancer doesn’t take a day off,” said cancer survivor and ride organizer Jerry Parins, a retired captain with the Green Bay Police Department and Director of Corporate Security for the Green Bay Packers. “This ride is so special because all of the work is volunteered time by so many people.”

Funds for the $152,500 donation was raised  from last year’s Jerry Parin's "Cruise for Cancer" event, the Drift Inn Chili event, as well as donations from the Green Bay Packers Organization and from numerous individuals and families.  This year's recipients are:  St. Vincent-St. Mary's Compassionate Care, Bellin Health Oncology Patient Fund, Unity Hospice, St. Vincent Child Life, Colton's Cure, Angel Classic, Ovarian Cancer, Ribbon of Hope Breast Cancer, Leukemia Lymphoma, Families of Children with Cancer.

Parins said this ride has gone a long way in helping the fight against cancer. “Vandervest Harley-Davidson and their supporting Packerland Harleys Owners Group have put this ride together for the 16 years,” he said. “We are proud to say that, over the years, we have raised $2 million for 501C3 cancer organizations.”

For more information, visit www.cruiseforcancer.org or www.vvhd.com.

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Vandervest Harley-Davidson donates $3,089 to Exceptional Equestrians

Scott Steuck | 02/06/2020

Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay, 1966 Velp Ave., raised $3,089 for Exceptional Equestrians of De Pere at its annual Cabin Fever Event on Saturday, Feb. 1.

The event featured the Soup-R-Bowl Soup Cook-Off in Vandervest’s upstairs banquet facility – Olde 41. Attendees were able to sample delicious soups and vote for the top three by purchasing taste tickets. Local professional and amateur soup makers were invited to participate in the cook-off.

The mission of Exceptional Equestrians is to provide programs to people with disabilities that are designed to improve cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being through hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and Taking the Lead equine-assisted learning.

“This organization brings joy to so many people through the healing power of horses,” said Lynn Vandervest, one of the owners of Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay. “Thank you to my family, the Packerland HOG Chapter-Green Bay, and volunteers from Exceptional Equestrians for making our Soup-R-Bowl event this year another huge success.”

More information about Exceptional Equestrians of De Pere is available at www.exceptionalequestrians.org. More information about Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Green Bay is available at www.vvhd.com, by calling 920-498-8822, or at the dealership.

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