The Kyle Petty Charity Ride Across America raised $1.7 million for the Victory Junction camp during its 25th anniversary motorcycle tour, the organization announced Tuesday.
Victory Junction, a camp in Randleman, North Carolina, serves children with chronic medical illnesses. The Ride’s donation supports maintenance programs, building projects and summer camperships.
On May 3, NBC Sports analyst Kyle Petty and 250 fellow motorcycle riders embarked from Seattle, Washington, on a nearly 3,700-mile route, the longest in its history. They traveled through 11 states in nine days before ending in Key Largo, Florida.
Funds were gathered from fans along the route, as part of the Ride’s “Small Change, Big Impact” program, as well as donations made by generous sponsors, organizations, and the riders themselves.
In addition to the $1.7 million raised by the Ride, a $2 million donation was presented to the Kyle Petty Charity Ride Trust by the Andreas family in honor of a Charity Rider, the late David Andreas. The Trust was established by the Ride in 2015 to fund Victory Junction in perpetuity.
“This year’s Ride was amazing! We had beautiful views, crowds at every stop, police escorts the entire trip, a little rain, fun visits with Victory Junction campers, great food and lots of laughs with friends for nine straight days,” Petty said in a press release. “When you get 250 people together that care about kids, want to help others and love to ride motorcycles, it’s going to be fun! Riding corner to corner across America just made it more special.”
Since 1995, 8,650 riders have logged more than 12.4 million cumulative motorcycle miles and raised $18.5 million for Victory Junction and other children’s charities.