On October 19-20, 2018 the city of Luckenbach hosted the 16th annual Harvest Classic European & Vintage Motorcycle Rally, the only European & Vintage motorcycle rally in Texas. The rally benefits Any Baby Can and our Candlelighters Childhood Cancer program, which provides in-home support for families with children diagnosed with cancer. Russell and Kathy Duke, winners of the I Live Here I Give Here’s 2018 Big Giver award, and the Harvest Classic team raised 60K this year.
The Dukes, founders of the Harvest Classic, set a goal in their inaugural year to raise $1 million by 2020. Proceeds from this year’s rally brought the total close to $750,000. The event honors the Dukes’ daughter, Emma, who lost her battle against cancer at age four. This year, an estimated 1,200 people attended the rally, which featured European and vintage motorcycles, stunt performances such as the Globe of Death, races, live music, camping and a live auction.
“The rally this year may have started off a little damp, but our core folks knew better than to let several days of epic flooding in the Texas Hill Country slow them down,” said Scott Steves from the Harvest Classic team. “The clouds parted right on time, and we shook off the damp to have another great rally, enjoying the great people, inspiring bikes, and the always humbling generosity of our guests and sponsors to throw a great moto-party and raise a pretty decent amount for the Candlelighters programs of Any Baby Can in spite of our wet start. Our thanks go out to everyone involved.”
Each year in Texas, nearly 1,200 children are diagnosed with cancer. The Harvest Classic founders and Any Baby Can want no family to go through that journey alone. Families, like the Dukes, who participate in the Candlelighters program receive support through diagnosis, treatment, times of crisis, survivorship and bereavement.