The Flying Piston Benefit assists Sturgis Buffalo Chip in passing the $2 million mark in total charitable giving.

$394,579 raised through 2022 Buffalo Chip charity events brings total to $2.1 million donated to the benefit of veterans, children and the local Black Hills community

Flying Piston Assists Buffalo Chip Charity

Blue Skies, Fast Harleys, & Great Charity Breakfast – The Flying Piston Assists Buffalo Chip Charity Endeavors

Sturgis, SD (December 14, 2022): Nearly $400,000 made it into the hands of veterans in need, as well as charities benefiting children and the community thanks to the generosity of the motorcyclists taking part in Buffalo Chip charity events in 2022. This figure pushes the grand total the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has raised for charity during the Sturgis Rally over $2.1 million.

“We are continually blown away by our guests’ desire to give back!” said Sturgis Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff. “People from all over come here to let loose and have a fun vacation, and yet they still take the time and spend their hard-earned dollars to give through Buffalo Chip charity events. With the help of all our friends, we’ve raised over $2 million to help children, injured American war veterans and our local community. Just two years ago, we broke the million-dollar mark, and now we’re over two million. We are so blessed to be part of the giving spirit of the motorcycle community.”

The Events – Sturgis Buffalo Chip charity events are designed to provide unique and fun experiences while also benefiting worthy causes. Buffalo Chip charity events in 2022 included the Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration, Legends Ride®, Legends Lunch, Biker Belles®, Rusty Wallace Ride™, Flying Piston Benefit™ Builders Breakfast and Why We Ride Rally Wrap Party.

The Buffalo Chip – Buffalo Chip Campground is a popular music and camping festival site located in Sturgis, South Dakota. It is known for hosting the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, which attracts hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists from around the world. The campground offers a variety of amenities, including tent and RV camping, cabins, showers, food and beverage vendors, and live entertainment. It is located on a picturesque 500-acre property in the Black Hills region of South Dakota, and is known for its beautiful surroundings and laid-back atmosphere.

Charities that received funds in 2022 include South Dakota Special Olympics – Rapid City Flame, Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame, Shriners Transportation Fund, All Kids Bike, Helping with Horsepower, Motorcycle Missions, The NASCAR Foundation, Treasured Lives, and direct-to-veteran donations through the Buffalo Chip Freedom Celebration.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the Buffalo Chip’s Galaxy of Good Deeds and provide meaningful assistance to kids and veterans across the US,” explained Marilyn Stemp, The Flying Piston Benefit Co-Producer.

    The Sturgis Buffalo Chip would like to thank legendary individuals and organizations that aided in raising funds during 2022 Buffalo Chip charity events, including but not limited to: Governor Kristi Noem, Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2, 1923), Earl Dotson (Superbowl Champion), Rusty Wallace (NASCAR HOF Racer), Billy Lane (Sons of Speed), the Ness family, Bryan Carroll, Bryan Gates, New York Myke, Steve Wallace, Clint Bowyer, Evan Evans, Don Prudhomme, John Shope, Walker Evans, Gevin Fax, Anna Simmons, Theresa Contreras, Kalen Thorien, Dana Wilke, Erica Lewis, Karen Davidson, Savannah Rose, Laura Feasler, Marjorie Kleiman, Ellie Rains, Porsche Taylor, Cris Sommer Simmons, Taylor Dressler, Gina Woods, Jess Noblick, Carolyn Figuereo, Maggie Hicks, Diva Amy Skaling, Lena Fairless, Staci Wilt, Amy McDonald, Laura Klock, Emily Dury, Sarah Winslow, Tana Roller, Scott Jacobs, David Uhl, Mario Crim, Pat Simmons, Darren McKeag, Michael Lichter, Arlin Fatland, Greg Scheuer, Cabana Dan Rognsvoog, Progressive, Harley-Davidson, Bonafide Food Love, Sturgis Coffee Company, Team Diva, Ride Wild, Fozzy’s Cycle Shop, Lloydz Garage, Bad Ass Beard Care, Baker Drivetrain, Indian Motorcycle, Hunter Detail, Freedom Celebration, Maiden Moto, Twisted Tea, Black Hills Harley-Davidson, Southern Country Customs, The Shriners, Why We Ride, Sturgis Auctions, Silverado Franklin, City of Deadwood, City of Spearfish, the Lodge at Deadwood, Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, Saddlemen, Drag Specialties, and many more.

The Future – Worthwhile charity events are just part of what the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will present again for 2023. Guests will have the opportunity to experience performances from world-class entertainers, thrilling events, legendary rides, powerful freedom celebrations, top-tier bike shows, heart-pounding stunts, white-knuckle racing, and so much more. Entertainment is free with camping. A full list of Sturgis Buffalo Chip events is available at The Buffalo Chip is home to the Sturgis Rally Information Center™ and is the official sponsor of the free Official Sturgis Rally Registration Program.

The Reason For the Biker Charity Season

There are many reasons why giving to charity can be a good thing. Here are a few:

  1. It helps those in need: Charitable donations go towards supporting people and organizations that are working to address a variety of social and economic issues, such as poverty, homelessness, well being, and access to education and healthcare.
  2. It promotes a sense of community: When we give to charity, we are contributing to the well-being of our community and helping to create a better society for everyone.
  3. It can be personally fulfilling: Many people find that giving to charity brings them a sense of purpose and fulfillment, as they are able to make a positive impact on the world around them.
  4. It can have a ripple effect: When we give to charity, we are not only helping those in need directly, but we are also creating a chain reaction of positivity and generosity that can inspire others to give as well.

Flying Piston Assists Buffalo Chip Charity

2022 Flying Piston Benefit Sturgis AuctionThe 2022 Sturgis edition of the  Flying Piston Benefit Builders Breakfast is produced by Marilyn Stemp of Iron Trader News and Jeff Najar of Green Forest Brand.  Our work raises awareness and funds for non-profits and individuals in the motorcycle community, vets, and kindergarteners.

For more information, please contact marilynstemp(at), 828-205-8482. To get involved with the Piston, click here.