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Julie Banaszak and the female motorcyclist group, Open Road Angels, are hoping to raise $20,000 for veterans at their event this weekend. 

The Milwaukee-based group is hosting its third annual ‘Angels of the Road Ride for Veterans’ this Sunday, September 13th, where participants will ride to participating American Legion Posts in the area, reports Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  

Banaszak says that Each member of the Open Road Angels board has a connection to a veteran, adding that her father was a veteran. 

“He served our country,” she said. “This helps keep his legacy. Any man and woman who puts their life on the line for our freedom needs our help to make their lives better.”

Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. on  September 13th at the Brookfield’s Cudworth-Stenz-Griesell-Smith American Legion No. 449. The cost of entry is $25 per driver and $15 per rider. 

The self-guided ride will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 6:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to ride as much or as little as they want. 

Participating American Legion Posts locations include:

 Germantown American Legion Post No. 1, N120 W15932 Freistadt Road; Delafield’s American Legion Post 196, 333 N. Lapham Peak Road; Hartland’s American Legion Post 294, 231 Goodwin Ave; Mukwonago’s American Legion Post 375, 627 E. Veterans Way; Okauchee American Legion Post 399, N50 W34750 Wisconsin Ave., and Hubertus American Legion Post 522, 3590 N. Shore Drive.

The event will include silent auctions, an online Packer season kickoff party from noon to 3:30 p.m., and a screening of the Packers game at the Brookfield American Legion Post. 

All proceeds from the event will go directly to Healing Warrior Hearts, which provides programs for military personnel and their families as a way to heal the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds of veterans, allowing them to grow closer as a family unit. 

If you cannot attend, you can make a donation or bid online at more information on this event, visit


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