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Judith Flournoy Invites You to a Love Ride 2015

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Judith Flournoy Invites You to a Love Ride

Grab your Harley and help kids with Muscular Dystrophy Association, says Kelley Drye CIO.

Judith Flournoy , Law Technology News

2014 Harley Davidson CVO Limited FLHTKSE.
2014 Harley Davidson CVO Limited FLHTKSE.
Photo: Harley Davidson

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.Maya Angelou

It has often been said that motorcycle enthusiasts are one of the largest groups that routinely engage in charitable giving.  There is something about getting a group of bikers together and riding for a good cause that seems to come naturally.

This holds true for the “Love Ride”—an annual event that for the past 30 years has raised more than $24 million dollars for various charities, such as the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Autism Speaks and the USO.

Oliver Shokouh, owner of Glendale, Calif.-based Harley Davidson, started the Love Ride in 1984. It’s safe to say that for Shokouh, the Love Ride has been a labor of love. Putting on an event such as this, which happens to be the largest single day event of its kind in the U.S., is no small feat. Think about your large complex projects that require resources and logistics.  Then add a few thousand motorcycles and riders.

In 2007, I participated in my first Love Ride and it was a thrill!  Seven years later, I am just as excited as I was that first year to be a part of what Shokouh started. I had the thrill of riding with a group of friends with a few thousand others, and I have been involved with this annual event ever since. There is something restorative about doing for others after long days at work as a large firm CIO.

This year Love Ride returns to its roots—the net proceeds will go to the MDA’s annual barrier-free summer camp program.  With principle sponsors such as Harley-Davidson, Budweiser, Geico Motorcycle, City National Bank, and Fender, some of our own legal technology industry vendors have become wonderful secondary sponsors.  They include CornerstoneIT, AspenACT, Dell Computer and FlexPrint.

Net proceeds will support children served by MDA living in Southern California and help them attend a weeklong, barrier-free summer camp in the area. MDA summer camp offers a wide range of activities specially designed for youngsters who have limited mobility or use wheelchairs. Each year, campers have an unmatched opportunity to develop lifelong friendships, share interests and build self-confidence.

To learn more about Love Ride, go to  If you are so inclined, I am still seeking sponsorships for this year’s ride (click here).  And if by chance you are in Southern California on October 25th and you ride, I hope to see you there.



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