FORMER NFL PRO RUBEN BROWN TO SUPPORT SALVATION ARMY DURING 7,000 MILE MOTORCYCLE RUN
(Alexandria, VA) July15, 2011 – Former Buffalo Bills and Chicago Bears NFL guard Ruben Brown will be making pit stops at Salvation Army programs across the country as part of the 11th annual Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run between July 15 and August 15. The 7,000 mile run will see Ruben riding and visiting nine major cities to raise awareness and funds for Salvation Army social service programs for youths and others in need. While on the road, Ruben will visit underprivileged kids, seniors and other clients of the Army as many Americans face continued economic challenges.
“Growing up in Salvation Army programs as a kid, I saw first-hand how people can have little or nothing at all, yet still have the opportunity to achieve something great,” said Ruben Brown, who played in the National Football League for 13 seasons before founding the Ruben Brown Foundation. “It’s more important than ever to help The Salvation Army raise awareness and needed funds so they can help as many people as possible.”
The Motorcycle Run will be celebrated by Ruben, Salvation Army supporters and benefactors and motorcycle enthusiasts through a variety of events and activities at stops during the ride.
Ruben will kick-off the Ride by joining The Salvation Army, city officials and local business supporters in Buffalo, NY at 12pm ET on July 15 for a lunch and group prayer before the send-off. Other cities where Ruben and others will rally in support of The Salvation Army include:
- Lynchburg, VA: Between 9am and 11am on July 16, Ruben will visit with and provide food to Salvation Army clients at the Lynchburg Corps Gymnasium.
- Nashville, TN: On July 18 at 5pm, Ruben will visit the Madison Corps and do a short tour of Madison by motorcycle with the Corps Officer.
- Little Rock, AR: On July 22, Ruben will ride with the local motorcycle group to The Salvation Army’s Harbor Light to serve breakfast to clients.
- Tulsa, OK: Ruben will visit the Center of Hope in Tulsa, OK and help serve lunch to clients from 12:45-2pm on July 23.
- Dallas – Fort Worth, TX: On July 25, Ruben will visit kids at The Salvation Army’s Summer Youth Day Camp from 8-10am in Dallas. As Ruben leaves town, he’ll make a quick stop at the Mabee Center Location to help serve clients lunch.
- El Paso, TX: On July 26, Ruben will make a quick visit with Salvation Army clients at the Army’s Emergency Shelter. Afterwards, several local motorcycle groups will ride with Ruben to the Texas/New Mexico border.
- Los Angeles, CA: On July 30, Ruben will visit The Salvation Army Red Shield Youth and Community Center at 11am, to take part in activities with kids.
- Milwaukee, WI: Between 5:30 and 7pm on August 11, Ruben will take part in a Meet and Greet Autograph Session at the Harley Museum’s monthly Bike Night meeting.
As a fundraiser for The Salvation Army youth programs, supporters of the Motorcycle Run can contribute a $10 gift via text message by texting the word “RUN” to 80888. A one-time donation of $10 will be billed to your mobile phone bill. Messaging and data rates may apply. Donations are collected for The Salvation Army by mobilecause.com. Reply STOP to 80888 to stop. Reply HELP to 80888 for help. For terms, see www.igfn.org/t.
In addition, supporters can give online at www.SalvationArmyUSA.org/RUN or www.RubensRun.com. Ninety percent of all funds donated will go to support the work of The Salvation Army; the remainder will subsidize transportation expenses associated with the Run. Donations will stay in the local community in which it was raised, helping The Salvation Army provide direct support to 30 million Americans each year through a variety of services including homeless shelters, food and meal programs and adult rehabilitation. Fans can follow Ruben’s progress at www.facebook.com/rubenbrownfoundation and www.twitter.com/rubenbrownFNDN.
Nationwide, The Salvation Army has seen increases in demand from old and new clients, as well as decreased donations from supporters. A Salvation Army report, “Feeding the Need 2011,” released earlier this year, found that 94 percent of Salvation Army food service programs saw an increase in requests for food assistance in 2010. At the same time, nearly 60 percent of Salvation Army programs saw donations remain flat or decline from all funding sources.
“Thanks to supporters like Ruben Brown who work tirelessly on behalf of The Salvation Army, we will continue to help families and individuals who have worked to overcome the recession,” said Major George Hood, National Community Relations and Development Secretary for The Salvation Army. “The Motorcycle Run is a great opportunity for communities to look beyond the economy and focus on supporting our neighbors.”
Partnering with the Ruben Brown Foundation and The Salvation Army along the way will be the Center for American Military Music Opportunities (CAMMO), whose mission is to provide music therapy centers for service members and veterans of all ages to help restore emotional and physical well being following grueling deployments. CAMMO’s military musical artists will also be entertaining participants in select cities throughout the Run.
“During Ruben’s Motorcycle Run, military artists will play and sing their hearts out to support Ruben and The Salvation Army. This is a great opportunity to highlight the importance of raising awareness and support for families, seniors, veterans and youths nationwide,” said Cathie Lechareas, Co-Founder and Executive Director of CAMMO.
Since beginning the Motorcycle Run in 2001 in Buffalo, NY, Ruben has seen the event grow from a couple hundred riders, to a few thousand riders today. The Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run has become an increasingly popular event that has raised more than $500,000 for a number of charities including The Salvation Army, CAMMO, Dreams Take Flight, The Bo Henson Foundation, Buffalo Prep, Inner City youth football, Camp Good Days, The Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo and numerous high school and youth athletic programs.
The Ruben Brown Foundation is committed to raising funds for youth development organizations that focus on athletics, cultural, and educational programs – similar to those that were available to Ruben as a young child at The Salvation Army. More information about the Ruben Brown Motorcycle Run, The Salvation Army’s service programs and CAMMO is available online at www.rubensrun.com, www.salvationarmyusa.org and www.cammomusic.org.
About the Ruben Brown Foundation
The goal of the Ruben Brown Foundation is to raise funds and support for youth and development programs in our communities. The Foundation focuses on programs that are similar to those that were available to Ruben as young child. Examples include: camps, mentoring programs, scholarships, and ‘in time of need’ services that collect food and clothing as well as provide shelter to those less fortunate. The Ruben Brown Foundation was founded in 2001 by former NFL player Ruben Brown. The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to charities and community organizations that focus on the development of youth through athletics, cultural and educational programs. For more information, go to www.rubensrun.com.