Saturday, August 19, 2023 was a great day for the 100-plus motorcycle riders as they joined The Highground for its 23rd Annual Ride To Remember® in Neillsville, Wisconsin.
With the support from Bill Flemal and Doug Mauritz of the VFW Riders District 7, Chad Garcia with the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association® 45 riders, the Neillsville Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Department, riders were able to choose from three scheduled rides taking them on scenic roads through Clark County. While waiting for a ride to begin, patrons were able to enjoy great music from the local band Uncle Ron and take their chances at over 60 amazing raffle baskets. Also set up were Patriot Beads and Brass offering an assortment of recycled bullet and steampunk jewelry and MK’s Creations & Alterations providing patch and rocker sewing.
The Kokosz sisters, Sue and Mary, known to The Highground as the “Basket Babes”, didn’t disappoint as they made their comeback this year. The “Basket Babes” and their many sponsors put together a wide range of themed raffle baskets, attracting the attendees to raise over $1800 for the event. Sue and Mary have such passion and love to set out such a display stating, “We do it for the veterans. It’s all about the veterans.” They plan to join forces with The Highground again for the Ride To Remember in 2024 and knowing them they have already started shopping.
Celebrating the honor and valor of past and present military service men and women is the main goal of this annual event with fundraising for The Highground and its veterans programming being a wonderful benefit. The Highground is grateful for this year’s supporters that helped raise over $7,400: American Legion Post 73; Mary and Sue Kokosz; Bonnie Henchen; BP Drescher Oil; Central Wisconsin Broadcasting; WWIS Radio; Chippewa Falls Harley-Davidson; Conrad’s Harley-Davidson; Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 45-6; Dairyland Originals Women On Wheels; H & S Manufacturing Co., Inc.; Hansen’s IGA; Lumberyard Bar & Grill; Marshfield Country Club; Patriot Beads and Brass; Rolling Thunder Inc Wisconsin Chapter 2; VFW Riders District 7; and Woodfield Inn & Suites.
The Highground is located at W7031 Ridge Rd, Neillsville WI 54456.