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National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund Announces Winner of 2012 Harley-Davidson Peace Officers Special Edition Motorcycle

June 8, 2012

Washington, DC—On May 16, with more than 20,000 law enforcement officers and supporters in our nation’s capital for National Police Week, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund drew the winning raffle ticket for a 2012 Harley-Davidson Ultra-Classic® Electra Glide® Peace Officers Special Edition motorcycle marking its sixth and most successful Harley-Davidson raffle to date. And the winner is ... Donald Hadix from Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

John Shanks, Director of Development & Law Enforcement Relations for the Memorial Fund, was joined by staff to deliver Mr. Hadix the good news. Hadix, a retiree who bought just one raffle ticket, was very excited his ticket was chosen. “…You only need one to win,” he said.  

In March, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund launched its annual Harley-Davidson raffle to raise funds and awareness for the National Law Enforcement Museum, which is currently under construction adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. For $25, each participant received a raffle ticket and free co-branded Harley-Davidson/Memorial Fund t-shirt.  Four thousand tickets were printed and the raffle completely sold out, helping to raise over $102,000 for the Museum campaign.

Don Hadix and his wife Debra will receive their new Harley-Davidson today in Washington, DC, during their first visit to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.

Hadix explained that the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial holds a special significance for his family. Back in 2002, a good friend of his family, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Joseph J. Sepp, Jr., was shot and killed in the line of duty. “I have supported the Memorial Fund ever since,” Hadix said. “When I received the information about the raffle, I figured—what the heck, I’ll make a donation.” 

The Hadix family is honored to have the opportunity to see Trooper Sepp’s name on the Memorial wall. Don Hadix shared his plans to keep an etching of Trooper Sepp’s name on his new motorcycle, and to return to the Memorial next year for National Police Week. He hopes to participate in LawRide, an annual motorcycle ride that raises awareness and funds for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. 

For more than a century, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, Inc. has been supplying motorcycles to America’s law enforcement agencies. Each year the Memorial Fund raffles a motorcycle to one lucky winner. Don Hadix’s motorcycle is the sixth motorcycle Harley-Davidson Motor Company has donated. Past winners include a Customs and Border Protection agent, a corrections officer, a police chief, a city attorney, a business owner, and a retiree. “Harley-Davidson is proud to partner with the Memorial Fund,” said Steve St. Thomas, Director of Police and Fleet Sales for Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “This is one of the most successful raffles we are involved with,” he said. “The Memorial Fund does an incredible job.”

With this sixth raffle, the Memorial Fund has raised more than $373,000 for the National Law Enforcement Museum, thanks to Harley-Davidson. "The Memorial Fund is honored to have Harley-Davidson as a Museum partner," said Memorial Fund Chairman & CEO Craig W. Floyd. "Not only does the raffle raise funds for the Museum, it helps raise awareness and build support for the Museum campaign," he added. The combined total of raffle proceeds plus the value of the motorcycles donated bring Harley’s contribution to the Museum campaign to nearly $500,000.

For more information about the Museum campaign, appropriately named "A Matter of Honor," and to learn how you can support the Museum, please contact Memorial Fund Director of Development and Law Enforcement Relations John Shanks at 202.737.8529 or JShanks@nleomf.org.


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About the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research, and education. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
Authorized by Congress in the year 2000, the 55,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be a mostly underground museum located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC's Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research and education. Museum construction has commenced with a projected opening in 2014. The Museum is an initiative of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization established in 1984 and dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

John Shanks
jshanks@nleomf.org | 202.737.8529