Paying Homage to those families who made the ultimate sacrifice
Paying Homage to those families who made the ultimate sacrifice
 

Got a Question? Here's your Answer!

 

Q.  What exactly is the Gold Star Ride Foundation?

A.  The Gold Star Ride Foundation is a small group of volunteers, including our founder who is a disabled vet, who have collectively decided to do something about a problem we have here in the United States. That problem is that our fallen heroes and their families are forgotten by far too many of the general population and far too many of our government agencies and representatives. In a world where terrorists are rewarded by their agents who are making sure their families wont for nothing forever, the strongest, bravest, and most kind nation on the planet should learn from them and take care of those families after a member of our fighting force loses their life.  A medal of honor (posthumous) is a nice accolade, but the kids can't eat it, and it won't put anyone through college. That's what we do.

 

Q. What is a Gold Star Family?

A. Any family who has lost someone who has served in our nation's defense.  We recognize the Vietnam vet who dies from cancer because he was exposed to Agent Orange while fighting. We recognize those who have lost a life to PTSD. We recognize those who were killed in car crashes, freak accidents, acts of terror and acts of war. To us, if they weren't serving, they wouldn't have been susceptible to that cause of death.

 

Q. When does the Ride take place, and where?

A. The Ride begins by crossing the river from Minnesota into Wisconsin on the first Monday of July, and it is our intention to begin the Ride every year on this date and in this location. The Ride moves east through Wisconsin, into Michigan, and continues east to the Atlantic. Then it turns south and travels through the eastern sea states all the way to Florida. From there, the Ride goes west through the golf states to Louisiana, then north through Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky. In Illinois, we go west again, turning south in Nebraska, and going through to Texas. The Ride then goes northwest with stops in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Nevada and California. Then north to Alaska, back to Washington, then Wyoming, Colorado, and the Dakotas, finally ending up back in Minnesota, where will visit the last two families on the trip. Each state we stop in will have at least one and as many as three Gold Star Family Stops.

 

Q. Who can join the Ride?

A. The Ride is open to any two or three wheeled vehicle and its passengers. Sorry, if you are in a car or truck, you’ll have to follow at a distance.

 

Q. How do you pay for all the expenses?

A. Our expenses are met by the generous donors who give money and merchandise to us.

 

Q. How do I donate?

A. Find a “donate” button anywhere on this website and use your credit or debit card. The donations are collected via PayPal, and you may use your PayPal account to make a donation as well. If you would rather not use PayPal, send us an email and we will contact you to make other arrangements. Of course, if you would like to mail a check, you can do that, too. Our mailing address is on our Contact page.

 

Q. Can I donate monthly?

A. Of course. From any page other than the Home page, scroll down and watch the column on the left. You will find a drop down box that allows you to choose your monthly donation.

 

Q. How much does it cost to Ride?

A. There is no cost to riders who join the Ride. You are only responsible for your own gas, food, lodging, insurance and bike (or trike), license and following the laws of the state we’re in.

 

Q. How do you choose the families you will visit?

A. The families choose us. Confidentiality is crucial to them and to us. We do not ask families if we can visit. They honor us by asking us to stop, and we honor them when we do.

 

Q. I'm a crafter and I make patriotic stuff. Can I donate my art to the families you visit?

A. Of course! That's how we get most of the stuff we give to the families.

 

Q. I’m a Gold Star Family member. How do I get you to visit me and my family on your Ride?

A. Just send us an email. You can fill out the form on our contact page, or send us an email to info@goldstarride.org

 

Q. Is there a cost to the families when you stop?

A. There is never a cost to Gold Star Families.

 

Q. What happens when you stop at a family’s home?

A. There is a short presentation with introductions to the Riders which includes an explanation of why we are there, who the hero was, what his or her life was like, and we create a short celebration of that life. We also present to the family any gifts that have been sent with us from our sponsors and donors. It is our intention and goal to be able to leave them with money for education also.

 

Q. What if I’m a Gold Star Family and I want a visit, but I don’t want to have a visit at my home?

A. This actually happens quite often. In this case, we work with the family and local communities to find an appropriate park or facility where our visit will take place.

 

Q. What if I’m riding with the group and my bike breaks down?

A. Part of our team includes qualified technicians and a trailer with parts and tools. The most likely result will be to push your bike into the trailer and take a look at the next stop.

 

Q. How do you choose the route?

A. We try to stay off the interstate highways. Other than that, we take the best route to the next stop, whether that next stop is lunch, gas, a family, or visiting one of our many sponsors along the way.

 

Q. How far in advance do you know where you will stop?

A. Most of the 2018 route is already in place. We are still working out details of exactly where we will visit families, where we will stop to eat and fill up with gas, and any side adventures (like museums and monuments) we would like to stop and see.

 

Q. I’d like to ride along, but I can’t take that much time off work.

A. That’s part of our plan and part of our charm. We anticipate every day we will meet new riders and say so long to riders who have to go home. We understand you may only want to Ride close to home. Join when you can, leave when you must.

 

Got a question not listed here? Send us an email. We'll get you an answer.

 

 

 

When you click the "Donate" button, you will be directed to a PayPal page that will allow you to donate any dollar amount that you wish. You are not limited to any amount.

 

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MISSION:

The Gold Star Ride Foundation will actively support, comfort and provide education benefits to Gold Star Families throughout the United States and will provide these things directly with personal visits via motorcycle; and we will support those other organizations that work to assist in these same activities.

 

 

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The Gold Star Ride Foundation was formed in late 2016, and fullfilled all requirements of Minnesota law by registering as a non profit corporation, complete with bylaws and articles of incorporation. Additionally, we are registered with the Minnesota Attorney General's office, which is required for fundraising activities.We are registered with the IRS, and the IRS has acknowledged The Gold Star Ride Foundation as an official 501(c)3 organization meaning any donations are eligible for tax deductions. Talk to your tax advisor for specific tax information.

 

 

Our banking institution is First Resource Bank of Lino Lakes, MN. formerly known as Patriot Bank. You may click on the name or logo to visit their website. Donations may NOT be made directly to the bank. If you would like to make a donation, and you'd rather not use PayPal, you may send us a check via United States Postal Service. Our mailing address is on our contact page. Thank you for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you click the "Donate" button, you will be directed to a PayPal page that will allow you to donate any dollar amount that you wish. You are not limited to any amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you click the "Donate" button, you will be directed to a PayPal page that will allow you to donate any dollar amount that you wish. You are not limited to any amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When you click the "Donate" button, you will be directed to a PayPal page that will allow you to donate any dollar amount that you wish. You are not limited to any amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you click the "Donate" button, you will be directed to a PayPal page that will allow you to donate any dollar amount that you wish. You are not limited to any amount.

 

 

 

 

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