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St. Francis Motorcycle Charity Ride Revs Up Support for Local Children and CHP 11-99 Foundation

    --BMW of North America:

WHEN:   October 2-6, 2002

WHAT:   More than 60 motorcycle enthusiasts from across the U.S.
        will take a four-day ride, departing from Ontario, CA and
        making stops in San Diego, the Salton Sea, Palm Springs and
        Big Bear Lake. Participants will enjoy the thrill of the open
        road while raising funds for the St. Francis Medical Center
        "Footprints" program and the California Highway Patrol 11-99
        Foundation. Participants in the 12th Annual BMW-St. Francis
        Motorcycle Charity Ride, which kicks off with a reception at
        St. Francis Medical Center on Wednesday, October 2, will raise
        approximately $70,000. That amount will be shared, with
        $50,000 being donated to St. Francis Medical Center's
        "Footprints" program, which provides shoes and clothing to
        hundreds of needy children in East Los Angeles each year, and
        $20,000 being donated to the CHP 11-99 Foundation, which
        serves families of lost, injured or disabled CHP officers. For
        riders, who each donated $800 to participate, it is an
        opportunity to experience the wind in their hair while
        contributing to two worthy causes.


        Wednesday, October 2, 2002 -- 6:00 p.m.
        St. Francis Medical Center
        3630 East Imperial Highway
        Lynwood, CA 90262
        (310) 900-7330
	   Presentation of ceremonial checks to the St. Francis Medical
Center Foundation and the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation
at a welcome reception for ride participants and beneficiaries.

        Thursday, October 3, 2002 -- 8:00 a.m.
        BMW of North America, LLC -- Western Region Training Center
        1175 S. Dupont Avenue
        Ontario, CA  91761
        (909) 975-4301

	   Riders will depart on the first leg of the route with motorcycle
escorts from the California Highway Patrol.