A few weeks back, we had to postpone our annual Hog Wild for Kids Charity Ride due to high winds. Since Hog Wild is one of our most cherished events, this was a hard decision for us to make. How would the turnout be if we held this event two weeks later than originally planned? Simple, our patrons and fans still came out in full force, and we had one of our best Hog Wild rides ever!
Below are the numbers from Sunday’s event passed along from our owner Michelle!
We raised just shy of $30,000 for NCCF’s Camp Cartwheel. We will round up the difference to give donate a total of $30,000, which pays for 120 kids to go camp! Each week session has 125 kids, so we’ve essentially raised enough to pay for a full week of camp registrations. There are two, one week sessions of Camp Cartwheel. Camp does not start until mid July, so we have decided to keep passing the buckets in the bar thru the month of June.
We started June 2nd with $7348 that we had raised in May by passing the buckets around the bar. And $2583 Raised on-line on our donate page… this was our first time using an online platform for donations, $2500 for raised on-line is amazing, THANK YOU. This gives us a total of $9931 at the start of May 2nd.
Breakdown of How the Money was Raised:
$7348 Collection Buckets
$2583 Donation Page On-Line
$4190 Ride Registration and Raffle Ticket Sales
$7800 Live Auction
$625 Silent Auction
$500 Cash Donation for 2 kids ($250 from 2 different people)
$6850 4 individual checks from 4 different people
We sold $3000 raffle tickets. Tix were $1 each or 50 tickets for $40
– Michelle Dell
What can we say? Our patrons are some of the best people around. We can’t thank y’all enough for taking part in this annual event, hundreds of kids are going to be happy campers this July! With $30,000 in donations raised for Hog Wild, and $10,000 raised for the Love Hope Strength Foundation during our Punk Rock Hoedown, that’s over 40k donated to charity in the last two weeks… that’s fuckin’ amazing!
THANK YOU HOGS FAMILY!
PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY SHAUN BRUSCHER WITH NOREMAC STUDIOS
THANK YOU RUSS BROWN MOTORCYCLE ATTORNEYS FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR CHARITY EVENTS!
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THE HISTORY OF MICHELLE AND HOGS & HEIFERS SALOON
The idea for opening a bar and calling it Hogs & Heifers was conceived in, of all places, a bar. Allan Dell was a self-proclaimed functioning alcoholic and figured he spent enough time sitting at a bar and that he might as well make some money while he sat there. Allan’s two friends and drinking buddies were a Master Carpenter and a Graphic Design Artist and he talked them into helping him build a bar. They would all drink for free and get laid regularly and for three broke guys in their early to mid twenties, who could ask for anything more. Allan’s father agreed to finance his project if he could find an experienced bar owner to “father” him in the business. Enter Tom McNeil, legend in the Dive Bar business. McNeil owned the Village Idiot in Manhattan’s East Side, which was the Boys’ favorite watering hole, where they could sit for hours drinking ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon for a $1.75 a can. Allan knew that he wanted to open a bar that had to do with motorcycles and women and the original logo did, in fact, include an illustration of a chopper. The Boys were trying to come up with a name, while sitting in the Village Idiot one afternoon…”Hogs & something”. On the wall above the bar was a sign for a Heifer Auction, and a heifer being a cow that has not yet been bred, is essentially a virgin cow. The name Hogs & Heifers was born. The fact that the bar ended up being in a real meat market was simply due to the affordable rent at the time, but it was a perfect match and had a great deal to do with the success of the business.
Hogs & Heifers Saloon was to be an all American classic country and southern rock-n-roll dive bar. Allan knew he wanted it to have the look and feel of a gin mill and that he wanted to hang “stuff” all over the walls. Other than that, there was little else that he had thought about. He had a lot of friends who liked to drink and planned on throwing a party for them every night. Allan may never have imagined that it would turn into the famous bar it is today, but it was absolutely his pride and joy and he considered it his greatest achievement and reveled in its quick success.
Having entered the picture prior to its opening, Michelle Dell was the first bartender to be hired. The routine performed and style of dress worn by the bartenders behind the bar, which has made Hogs & Heifers famous, was born from Michelle’s heart. Hogs & Heifers opened in November of 1992 during an unseasonably cold winter. There was literally no heat source of any kind in the bar and it was so cold you could often see your own breath. Both Allan and Michelle believed in the notion of less is more when it came to dressing behind the bar and it was always freezing; did we mention the bar had no heat? Finally, Allan bought these little space heaters that did next to nothing to provide heat and with Necessity being the Mother of all Invention, Michelle began dancing on the bar–in the empty bar–as a means to keep warm. She would throw a few dollars in the jukebox and just get up on the bar and dance. Little did she know it would become the trademark theme of Hogs & Heifers and lead to countless celebrities dancing on the bar and donating their bras. The Julia Roberts photo was seen around the world and her bra still hangs there today, albeit hidden beneath some 18,000 bras! Michelle’s famous routine has inspired a Major Motion Picture and a league of copy cat Bars.
Essentially, Allan and Michelle, and their friends, were just a bunch of kids with nothing to lose and they threw a party that they enjoyed. They were fortunate and blessed that so many others would love to come to their party and would do so repeatedly. The two were married in Reno, Nevada, on November 16th, 1993. Allan Dell passed away on June 7, 1997. Hogs & Heifers continues to be run by Michelle Dell who was the sole proprietor of the New York City location. She now lives in Las Vegas, close to her favorite saloon!
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