By Ronald Bentzinger
It has been my belief for many years now that the community
of motorized recreationists are some of the kindest and most thoughtful people
around. That is why I am writing this letter.
On Thursday afternoon June 28, Blake and Meg Allen lost
nearly everything they own and their home to the Charlotte
fire in Pocatello, ID. That fire burned more than 1,000 acres
and destroyed 66 homes in just a few short hours. Blake and Meg had 5 minutes
notice before they had to evacuate. Fortunately all of the BAM Productions
equipment and files were safe at a studio further into the city of Pocatello. Yes, they had
insurance, but there are so many uncovered expenses hitting them square in the
face right now.
Blake and Meg have made a profound and positive contribution
to the powersports industry. They have been our face and voice to over 70
million households worldwide, showing the true nature of motorized recreation
through their television show, Powersports Adventures. Blake and Meg have
helped our industry for years, now it is our chance to help them.
Nothing can replace all of the personal keepsakes of Blake
and Meg, but we can all pitch in a few dollars to help them through this
extremely challenging time in their lives. A special no fees account has been
set up by US Bank to make it easier for all of us. The issue is not how much
you donate, but rather that you actually follow through, get to your nearest US
Bank branch and deposit a few bucks to help them out.
This is not a tax deductable donation. It has to be
something that we want to do out of our good fortune and the goodness of our
hearts. You can remain totally anonymous or you can send a quick e-mail,
letting them know you are thinking about them and what you have contributed to
help them out.
Blake is a survivor and I know that with Meg's support they
will put their lives back together. More than anything, I want this collective
gift to send a clear message to them regarding how many friends they have, how
sincere those friends are and how much we appreciate all that they have done to
promote and improve the sports that we all treasure so dearly.
Blake and Meg's e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The US Bank account # is 153 354 623 172. At the time you
make your deposit, ask the teller to verify that the last name on the account
is Allen. We certainly do not want your generous contributions credited to an
incorrect account number.