This July in South Dakota there are two fun events to benefit our partner Make-A-Wish® South Dakota. Since 1984, Make-A-Wish South Dakota has granted 1,080 wishes to children facing critical illnesses, and 70 of those wishes were granted last year! Help them continue granting wishes this year by attending one of these local events.

Don’t Miss The 7th Annual Smile Palooza

Saturday, July 12th is Aberdeen’s annual Smile Palooza, a carnival-style event hosted by Dr. Darold Opp of Advanced Family Dentistry. This free, exciting event takes place from 1-4 p.m. in Aberdeen’s Wylie Park. The day’s fun will be filled with costumed characters, carnival games, and a chance to meet Dr. Opp and his team. Kids of all ages will have a blast, and you’ll feel great knowing that the proceeds benefit Wish Kids in your community!

Ride On Over To The 19th Annual Hot Harley Nights Event

July 10-13 marks the 19th Annual Hot Harley Nights event, held in Sioux Falls, S.D. This exciting event features a wide array of activities, with something for everyone to enjoy. When you attend, you’re in for more than just a good time, as the proceeds from this event are donated to Make-A-Wish South Dakota. 

Last year, the Hot Harley Nights event raised an amazing $166,000, an amount which doesn’t include the $113,000 raised from in-kind donations. Help them reach their goal of drawing more people and raising more money this year so that even more wishes can be granted for South Dakota Wish Kids. Granting wishes inspires hope, strength, and joy in the lives of these children and their families. You can be a part of that experience at Hot Harley Nights.

There’s something for everyone at Hot Harley Nights! The event features live music, a casino run, an outdoor party at Falls Park West, great food, and much more. On Saturday, there’s also a motorcycle parade, which had over 4,000 motorcycles in it last year.

Register Soon For Hot Harley Nights

Although you can register on the day of the event, there are some benefits to registering early. Those who pre-register by Friday, June 20 will receive some cool benefits such as one free dinner, eligibility to win a free room at the Holiday Inn City Centre, and the opportunity to win door prizes. If you miss early registration, don’t worry. You can still register at the event Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12. Registering requires a $40 fee per person, and it includes a registration packet filled with a T-Shirt, event program, parade bandana, and more.

Head over to the Hot Harley Nights website for all the registration details. In addition to registering for the event, you can register to enter the motorcycle show, where you can possibly win a trophy and cash!

More Ways To Help Grant Wishes

If you can’t make it to these events, you can still help children get their wishes. Do you have an old motorcycle you never use? You can donate it and turn it into a wish for a child facing a critical illness in your community. When you donate a motorcycle – or a car, SUV, or boat – to Wheels For Wishes, benefiting Make-A-Wish South Dakota, the proceeds from your donation will go towards granting wishes. Simply call 1-877-431-9474 or fill out an online vehicle donation form to make a donation. Your donation can make an amazing difference in a child’s life today.